Saeed Jaffrey

Saeed Jaffrey

Question: Recently actor Saeed Jaffrey passed away, he had played a role in the film Gandhi. Which historical character he portrayed in the Gandhi film?

(a) Jawaharlal Nehru
(b) Sardar Patel
(c) Lala lajpat Rai
(d) Mahatma Gandhi

Ans (b)

Related facts:

  • On 14 November 2015 Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey has passed away at the age of 86.
  • He is best-known for his acting roles in movies like ‘Gandhi’, ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, ‘Henna’ and ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’.
  • Jaffrey was born on 8 January 1929 in Malerkotla in then Punjab province of British India.
  • He started his career in drama, as the founder of his own English theatre company called the Unity Theatre, in New Delhi.
  • He began acting in films after having successful career in the theater.
  • He played the role of Sardar patel in the film Gandhi directed by Richard Attenborough.
  • He worked as an actor in both Drama and Commercial films and gained fame.
  • He worked in the famous Bollywood film like ‘The Man Who Would Be King’, ‘A Passage to India’ and ‘The Far Pavilion’.
  • In 1978, he was awarded Filmfare Award for ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’ in the Best Supporting Actor category. This was his first film.
  • He is also the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to drama.


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