Bollywood indeed suffered a terrible loss as the veteran actor and comedic genius, Jagdeep lost his life recently. In his career which lasted almost 6 decades, he appeared in about 400 films. It is undoubtedly a fact that comedy was his forte. He has entertained several generations through his quirky roles and mannerisms through many comedic roles he played in the movies belonging to the Indian film industry
It is often said that Jagdeep was a master improviser and always preferred adding his own touch to the comedic role portrayed by him despite the traditional way of sticking to the script.
So, here are some of the best comedic performance by Jagdeep throughout his career in Bollywood:
- Havaldar Thanedar Tehsildar Singh in Ilaaka (1989)
Jagdeep played the extremely hilarious role of Havaldar Thanedar Tehsildar Singh who engages in a rib-tickling banter with Chhote Sami, as portrayed by Johnny lever in the 1989 release, Ilaaka. The film also starred actors like Dharmendra, Rakhee, Mithun Chakraborty, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and so on.
- Chandu “James Bond” in Agent Vinod (1977)
This scene from the film Agent Vinod definitely proves that Jagdeep was a master expressionist. In this movie from 1977, he played Chandu “James Bond”, a comedic sidekick to Mahendra Sandhu, the lead of the film. The film also featured other actors like Asha Sachdev, Rehana Sultan, Iftekhar, Nazir Hussain and so on.
- Murli Manohar in Brahmachari (1961)
This film from 1961 is from the year when Jadeep had just begun establishing himself as an actor specialising in comedy. He portrayed the role of Murli Manohar in the movie. He was also lauded for his portrayal in this film. The film had Shammi Kapoor, Pran, Rajshree and Mumtaz in other significant roles.
- Bankelal Bhopali in Andaaz Apna Apna (1994)
The early 90s superhit film ‘Andaaz Apna Apna’ has become a cult comedy classic and is still loved in this generation by many! Jagdeep played the role of Bankelal Bhopali in this classic film which was heavily inspired by his portrayal of Soorma Bhopali from Sholay (more on that later). The film starred Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karishma Kapoor and so on.
- Soorma Bhopali in Sholay (1975)
Sholay is undoubtedly one of the most popular as well as successful films Bollywood has offered to the world of cinema. The movie gave us many legendary characters that we still remember and can recite their dialogues by heart. One such role was played by Jagdeep as he portrayed Soorma Bhopali. His presence in the film lit up the screens and would leave people with a rib ticking dose of laughter as he said “Mera maam Soorma Bhopali aise hi nahi hai”.