Late Saeed Jaffrey is today affectionately committed to memory by his Bollywood friends for his luminous acting and unimpeachable British mannerisms. Here is what a few film personalities who had worked with the octogenarian had to say about him.
Jackie Shroff: He was such a beautiful and affectionate person. We had a great time working in Ram Lakhan. I am pained to learn that he is no more. The way he used to speak and conduct, he was dignity personified.
Madhur Bhandarkar – I had the good fortune of interacting with him during my AD days. He was very extrovert and vibrant as a person. He was very humorous, entertaining and a people’s person. I regret not getting a chance of directing him. I still remember watching Ram Teri Ganga Maili in Gaiety and his dialogue to Khulbhushan Kharbanda, ‘Agar Viren ko kuch ho gaya toh kundali palat kar rakh doonga.’ That was a true euphoric moment.
Upasana Singh: We worked together in two films. He was an avid reader. I always saw him with a book in his hand. The thing that I admired about him the most was his respect for women. I was a newcomer when I worked with him. Despite being a senior actor, he used to always offer me his seat. He deeply respected women.
S. Ramachandran (veteran film journalist): Saeed Jaffrey was a man who never stopped speaking his mind. When I met him when he was bestowed the Order of British Empire (OBE), the first Indian to get the honor, he was honest. He spoke about how he had doubled up at the sales counter at Harrod’s while working for the BBC and how he had to wear a coat and tie and pretend to be a customer when co-star Ingrid Bergman visited the store.