Not many have heard about Saeed Jaffrey. He was as an Indian-born British actor who has appeared in numerous British and Indian movies. His film credits include The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Shatranj Ke Khiladi (The Chess Players) (1977), Gandhi (1982), A Passage to India (1965 BBC version and 1984 film), The Far Pavilions (1984), and My Beautiful Laundrette (1985). He has also appeared in many Bollywood films in the 1980s and 1990s. For television he has starred in Gangsters (1975–1978).
Jaffrey appeared regularly on the British small screen, his television credits including Gangsters, The Jewel in the Crown, Common as Muck, and in 1999, as shop-keeper Ravi Desai on Coronation Street.
Saeed Jaffrey, Bollywood and British screen legend, dies aged 86.
“Today, a generation of Jaffreys has passed away,” wrote his niece on Facebook. “The entire Jaffrey Family bids you, ‘adieu’, you beautiful, beautiful man.”