Saeed Jaffrey

Saeed Jaffrey

Highest Rated: 97% My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Lowest Rated: 8% Everywhere and Nowhere (2011)

Birthday: Jan 8, 1929

Birthplace: Maler Kotla, Punjab, India

Born January 8, 1929 in Malerkotla, Punjab, India, to Shia Muslim parents of "rather good aristocratic Mogul stock," Saeed was the oldest of four children. After a variegated education in Muslim, Hindu and Church of England schools, where he amused his classmates with impressions of movie stars, Jaffrey graduated with honors in English Literature and earned a Masters in history from Allahabad University. He agreed to follow his father's wishes in pursuing a teaching career, but took a few months off before beginning his appointment to travel in Delhi. Friends he met on the train invited him to a coffee house, where he learned All India Radio was hiring English-speaking announcers. He auditioned, was accepted, and embarked on a performing career instead, joining All India Radio and founding an English-language theater troupe in Delhi in 1951. During his troupe's 1954 performance of The Eagle Has Two Heads, Jaffrey became infatuated with actress Madhur Bahadur. The two traveled to New York City in 1956, where Jaffrey took classes at The Actor's Studio (a classmate was Marilyn Monroe) and later traveled on a Fulbright scholarship to study drama at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Saeed and Madhur married in 1958 and had three daughters, but Jaffrey's relentless womanizing sabotaged their marriage. (Don't cry for Madhur Jaffrey, however - after their divorce she became a celebrated expert in Indian cuisine, writing many cookbooks on the subject.)After retreating back to London post-divorce, Jaffrey struggled to make ends meet, moonlighting as a sales assistant at Harrods department store while working for BBC's World Service international radio service, where his Urdu, Hindi and English fluency made him valuable. He worked occasionally in British television, but his upwards climb didn't truly begin until he was cast in John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King, starring Michael Caine and Sean Connery. Caine and Jaffrey had become friends when both were cast in The Wilby Conspiracy, and Caine recommended him to Huston. Further roles in Gandhi, My Beautiful Laundrette (for which he received a BAFTA nomination), and TV series like The Jewel in the Crown and Coronation Street cemented his reputation in Britain.While making inroads in Britain, Jaffrey also had a parallel acting career in Bollywood, begun after his role in Satyajit Ray's The Chess Players. He made more than 100 films in his Indian movie career, often changing costumes and reading the script in a limo transporting him from one movie set to another. Despite this breakneck pace, he still took time to research his roles, including working as a paanwalla (a hawker selling a stimulating herbal chew wrapped in leaves) for 15 days for a role in the romantic comedy Chashme Buddoor. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized him for "Most Appearances in International Films" (18) in 2000.Jaffrey's final decades showed no sign of slowing down. He married his manager Jennifer Sorrell in 1980, told all of his candid bed-hopping adventures in his autobiography Saeed: An Actor's Journey, and wrote and starred in many radio plays, including the 1997 World Service series "A Suitable Boy" where he performed all 86 voice characters. In 1995 he was awarded an Order of the British Empire, Britain's highest civilian award, and was the first Asian actor to do so. He died in 2015, at age 86.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet English Babu Desi Mem Actor 2014
No Score Yet Masala Actor 2013
No Score Yet Chashme Buddoor Actor 2013
8% Everywhere and Nowhere Zaf's Dad 2011
No Score Yet The Battle for Bunker Hill Mr. Farook 2008
No Score Yet Chicken Tikka Masala Actor 2005
No Score Yet Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya (Who Is in My Dream?) Actor 2004
No Score Yet Beyond the Next Mountain Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Killing Kind Mr. Basmati 2003
No Score Yet Mr. In-Between Mr. Basmati 2002
No Score Yet Albela Actor 2001
No Score Yet Masala Mr. Tikkoo Lallu Bhai Solanki 2000
No Score Yet Jab Pyaar Kisise Hata Hai Actor 1998
No Score Yet Deewana Mastana Actor 1997
No Score Yet El Viaje Ashok 1997
No Score Yet Guddu Actor 1995
No Score Yet Kartavya Actor 1995
No Score Yet Yeh Dillagi Mr. Saigal 1994
No Score Yet Salaami Actor 1994
No Score Yet Bollywood Actor 1994
No Score Yet Aaina Actor 1993
No Score Yet Indrajeet Actor 1991
No Score Yet Henna Actor 1991
No Score Yet Afsana Pyar Ka Actor 1991
No Score Yet Kishen Kanhaiya Actor 1990
No Score Yet Dil Madhu's father 1990
No Score Yet After Midnight Actor 1990
No Score Yet Pathar Ke Insan Rai Bahadur 1990
No Score Yet Shandar Actor 1990
No Score Yet ChaalBaaz Actor 1989
No Score Yet Daata Actor 1989
No Score Yet Eeshwar Actor 1989
No Score Yet Ram Lakhan Actor 1989
33% The Deceivers Hussein 1988
No Score Yet Partition Saeed 1988
No Score Yet Vijay Inder (Arjun's adopted father) 1988
No Score Yet Diamond's Edge Mr. Patel 1988
No Score Yet Jalwa Actor 1987
97% My Beautiful Laundrette Nasser 1985
No Score Yet Saagar Mr. D'Silva 1985
No Score Yet Ram teri Ganga maili Actor 1985
No Score Yet Karishma Kudrat Kaa Lala Dayaluram 1985
No Score Yet Courtesans of Bombay Actor 1985
79% A Passage to India Hamidullah 1984
50% The Razor's Edge Raaz 1984
No Score Yet Mashaal Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Far Pavilions Biju Ram 1984
No Score Yet The Courtesans of Bombay Actor 1983
No Score Yet Mandi (Market Place) Agarwal 1983
No Score Yet Masoom Suri 1983
85% Gandhi Sardar Patel 1982
No Score Yet Star Actor 1982
No Score Yet Chashme Buddoor Actor 1981
No Score Yet Sphinx Selim 1981
No Score Yet Ek Baar Phir Actor 1980
89% The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khiladi) Mir Roshan Ali 1978
No Score Yet Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures Sri Narain 1978
97% The Man Who Would Be King Billy 1975
60% The Wilby Conspiracy Dr. Anil Mukerjee 1975
30% The Horsemen District Chief 1971
No Score Yet The Guru Murad 1969


No Score Yet Mystery!
Akram Malik 2004


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