Veteran actor Jagdeep passed away on Wednesday at the age of 81.

According to a family source, the comic icon - father of Javed Jaffrey and Naved Jaffery - had not been well due to several age related issues.

The icon's repertoire includes over 400 films but many remember him as Soorma Bhoali in 1975's classic Sholay. After all who can forget his lines like "Mera naam Soorma Bhopali aise hi nahi hai."

Speaking to PTI, Javed Jaffrey - who followed the footsteps of his father and joined the industry - shared, "My father was a child when he was looking for a job after Partition. When someone asked him if he wanted to work in films, he said all he needed was a job. He was chosen from the streets to star in a film as a child actor. He was destined to be in the industry, it was fate."

Fellow comics, actors and other members of the fraternity took to social media to express their sorrow at Jagdeep's passing and honoured his memory.