Saeed Jaffrey was one of the first Indian actors to successfully establish a career in both Hindi cinema and international movies by starring in classics like “Shatranj Ke Khiladi”, “Gandhi” and “My Beautiful Laundrette”.
One of the most accomplished actors of his time, Jaffrey started his career in All India Radio before moving to America as a Fulbright scholar where he studied drama from The Catholic University of America. He was the first Indian to take Shakespearean plays on a tour to the U.S., which he left to marry his first wife Madhur Jaffrey.
He starred in as many as 100 Hindi films, including acclaimed projects like Satyajit Ray’s “Shatranj Ke Khiladi” opposite the late Sanjeev Kumar. He credited Ray for bringing him back to Indian films.
His famous Hindi films include “Chashme Buddoor”, “Masoom”, “Kissi Se Na Kehna”, “Mandi”, “Mashaal” “Ram Teri Ganga Maili”, “Ram Lakhan”, “Ajooba” and“Henna” among many others.