Veteran actress Farrukh Jaffer passed away on Friday at the age of 88. Jaffer was not keeping well and breathed her last at a private hospital.

Jaffar’s grandson Shaaz Ahmad took to Twitter to confirm the news. “My grandmother and wife of Freedom fighter, Ex MLC Mr S.M.Jaffar and Veteran Actress Mrs Farrukh Jaffar passed away today at 7 pm in lucknow”, he wrote.

Farrukh Jaffer was born in 1933 in Jaunpur in a zamindar family. She moved to Lucknow at the age of 16, after her marriage to journalist and freedom fighter Syed Muhammad Jaffer. Her husband invigorated Jaffar to take part in theatre and films.

Jaffer has acted in nearly a dozen movies in the last 20 years, including Gulabo Sitabo. At 88, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for Shoojit Sircar‘s directed movie, being the oldest winner in the acting category. Jaffar made her film debut with Muzaffar Ali’s Umrao Jaan in 1981, wherein she played the role of Rekha’s mother. Her second film was Swades (2004), after 23 years. She also starred in films such as Peepli Live, Chakravyuh, Sultan and Tanu Weds Manu.

Farrukh Jaffer is survived by two daughters. Her films Mehrunisa, Raks, Kundan Nandy’s next, and a few more short films are still yet to release on the screen.

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Joydev Mishra


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