The 88th Academy Awards paid tribute to late stars like actors Saeed Jaffrey and Omar Sharif, and music legend David Bowie. A montage played out as Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl took to the stage to perform a soulful tribute. He sang The Beatles' hit song Blackbird
Saeed Jaffrey's most notable international performances are in The Man Who Would Be King, Death on the Nile, Sphinx and A Passage to India. The actor was paid tribute in the obituary section alongside Alan Rickman, Maureen O'Hara, Omar Sharif, David Bowie, Ron Moody, Frank Finlay and Christopher Lee
It was in Mussoorie where Saeed Jaffrey spent his formative years studying at the famous Wynberg Allen School for four years before moving onto to St George's College, Mussoorie to study for Intermediate Arts. Today, the Facebook pages of both these educational institution are overflowing with messages for an alumnus who made them all proud
"Saeed Jaffrey was a multifaceted actor whose flair and versatility will always be remembered," read a tweet from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office. Actor Rishi Kapoor, Saeed Jaffrey's co-star in films like Henna, Ajooba and Saagar, also tweeted: "R I P. My friend, my colleague of several films"
Saeed Jaffrey's introduction to showbiz was on the stage. As a young actor in Delhi, he ran a theatre company named Unity Theatre. He was the first Indian actor to tour America with his theatre company, performing Shakespeare. At home, Mr Jaffrey struck a balance between critically acclaimed films and mainstream Bollywood
Mr Jaffrey starred in acclaimed films like Satyajit Ray's Shatranj ke Khiladi and Sai Paranjpye's Chashme Baddoor. He appeared in several international movies including Gandhi and A Passage To India as well as on the TV shows Tandoori Nights, The Far Pavilions and The Jewel In The Crown
It is comedy versus horror at the box-office today with two versions of Chashme Baddoor and Rise Of The Zombie releasing.