Sholay continues to hold the title of a cult classic film in the Hindi film industry. The film had a long line of cast members that made it as successful as it was. One of the most well remembered roles in Sholay was that of Soorma Bhopali. Sadly Jagdeep who played Soorma Bhopali in Sholay died on Wednesday at his Mumbai residence.
Actor Dharmendra has now paid his tribute to his Sholay co-star. Speaking with Mumbai Mirror Dharmendra said, "I believe playing a comedian is lot more difficult than a tragic hero because it’s not easy t make someone laugh. But Jagdeep saab could make even someone who was crying laugh. Few are blessed with such talent. And when you have a fine actor by your side, it just lifts the scene. That’s what happened in Sholay. Jagdeep saab, Amitabh (Bachchan) and I have wonderful comic timing, very different from each other, which combusted on screen. Till the film industry exists, Soorma Bhopali will be remembered."
Dharmendra also said that Jagdeep was already an established star by the time he shot for Sholay.
The actor has also said that he will meet Jagdeep's family as soon as the Coronavirus pandemic gets over.
On Thursday Amitabh Bachchan also paid his respect for Jagdeep. He wrote, "Last night we lost another gem. Jagdeep, the actor of exceptional comedic repertoire, passed away. He had crafted a unique individual style of his own.. and I had the honour of working with him in several films.. the more prominent ones in the eyes of the audience being Sholay and Shahenshah."