The annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards paid tribute to the late actor Saeed Jaffrey on Sunday night. Jaffrey, who appeared in several British and Indian movies, died at the age of 86 on Nov. 14, 2015, in London, UK.
Jaffrey was among the few stars who were remembered at the BAFTA 2016. The “My Beautiful Laundrette” star was paid tribute in the obituary section along with Alan Rickman, Maureen O’Hara, Omar Sharif, David Bowie, Ron Moody, Frank Finlay and Sir Christopher Lee, Press Trust of India reports.
Jaffrey was one of the first Indian actors to have a successful career in British films and television as well as in Hindi cinema. He is known for his role in the popular British television serial of the 1980s’ “The Jewel in the Crown.” He was also known for portraying the character of Ravi Desai in the British soap opera “Coronation Street.”
Jaffrey, a BAFTA nominee for “My Beautiful Laundrette,” is also famous for his remarkable performances in films, including “The Man Who Would Be King,” “Sphinx,” “A Passage to India” and “The Deceivers.”
The actor, who was born in Punjab in 1929, settled in London, but he continued to work in Hindi cinema. In India, he is best known for his notable work in Satyajit Ray’s “Shatranj Ke Khiladi” for which he won Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in 1978.
In his career spanning over six decades, Jaffrey has shared screen space with several celebrities, including Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Ben Kingsley, Naseeruddin Shah and Farooq Sheikh.
His notable Indian films include “Masoom” (1982), “Shatranj Ke Khiladi” (1977), “Henna” (1991) “Ram Teri Ganga Maili” (1985), “Chashme-baddoor” (1981), “Kisise Na Kehna”, “Judaai” (1997) and “Ajooba” (1991).