Javed Jaffrey has penned a heartfelt letter following his death of his father-actor Jagdeep, who died of age-related ailments last week. He has thanked people who condolend the death of his father.
The actor remembers his father’s struggles on the streets of Mumbai. He recalls how his father did menial jobs, before landing his life-changing opporunity in Bollywood.
Javed Jaffrey praises his father for teaching him valuable life lessons. Read the unedited text of his letter:
??????My heartfelt thanks to all who shared the pain of my fathers departure with so much love, appreciation, and regret.
Itna pyaar..itni izzat..itni duaaein.
Yahi toh hai 70 saalon ki asli kamai.
From 10 to 81,all he breathed and lived was film. After losing his father at 7 and losing everything else that existed of a good life after the partition, it was a head to head combat with poverty and survival on the footpath’s of Mumbai. An 8 yr old with his mother thrown head first into the ruthless ocean called Mumbai. It was either sink or swim. So he swam.
From working in small scale tin factories, to making kites, selling soap, to walking behind a Maalishwala holding his canister of oil and shouting ‘Maalish, tel maalish’. At 10 yrs of age what destiny choose for him, as the light at the end of the tunnel, was cinema.
The journey began with #BRChopra sahab’s first film ‘Afsana’ (shot in ‘49 but released in 51)and as the adage goes ‘a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step’, there was no looking back. His father figures and guide’s were the likes of #BimalRoy #GuruDutt #MehboobKhan #KAsif.
From the most natural child actor I have witnessed in Hindi cinema to a sensitive leading man, to the craziest improv comedian with impeccable timing in latter years, he never failed to entertain and amaze. The best of directors, producers and co-stars like #DilipKumar #GuruDutt #BalrajSahni #KishoreKumar #SunilDutt #AshokKumar #JohnyWalker #Mehmood #Helen #Nanda #RajKapoor #DevAnand #ShammiKapoor #LeelaMishra #ArunaIrani #Kanhaiyalal #Jeevan #FerozeKhan #LVPrasad #Dharmendra #Jeetendra #ShatrughanSinha #Rekha #RajeshKhanna #VinodKhanna #Amitabh Bachchan #AnilKapoor #RishiKapoor #RajshriProductions #SubhashGhai #SalimJaved #NaseeruddinShah #OmPuri #AmrishPuri #Danny #RKSantoshi #InderKumar #Sridevi #Madhuri #SRK #Aamir #Salman and many more, were and are, full of love and praise for him.
The word ‘legend’ is thrown around freely these days but in his case it is so amply justified.
A father who taught me the values of life, the lessons of poverty, the importance of dedication and the finesse of craft, with innumerable stories of positivity and inspiration. Always smiling, with words of encouragement for all, and reminding me that true success is gauged by what one ‘is’ and not what one ‘has’, and by ‘what’ one knows and not ‘who’ one knows.
What a man ! What a journey !
To end, l would like to quote his favourite couplet which his mother quoted under dire straits and which he constantly used as a reminder – ‘Woh manzil kya, jo aasaani se teh ho; Woh raahi kya, jo thak kar baith jaaye’.
Magar zindagi kabhi kabhi thak kar baithne per majboor kar deti hai. Hausla bulund hota hai par jism saath nahi deta.
To the man I called ‘papa’ and who the world knew by his various avatars, SALAAM !!!
Aapka naam Sooorma Bhopali ayysaee naee tha !!