Bharati Jaffrey was a prominent Indian actress and theatre personality. She was known for being the daughter of the late Hindi actor Ashok Kumar. She passed away on 20 September 2022 in Mumbai after suffering from a prolonged illness. Her daughter Anuradha Patel and son-in-law Kanwaljit Singh shared her death news on social media soon after her demise.
Bharati Jaffrey was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Salt and Pepper
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Ashok Kumar. He was a popular Indian actor.
Her mother’s name is Shobha Devi.
She had a brother named Arup Ganguly, and two sisters named Rupa Verma and Preeti Ganguly.
The legendary Indian singer and actor Kishore Kumar was her granduncle. She was the cousin of noted Indian actors and singers Deb Mukherjee, Joy Mukherjee, Amit Kumar, and Shomu Kumar.
Husband & Children
Her first husband’s name was Dr Veerendra Patel who works as an orthodontist in Mumbai. Dr Virendra Patel is originally from Gujarat. The couple has a daughter named Anuradha Patel. Anuradha is a prominent Indian actress who worked in the film Ready starring Salman Khan and Asin in the lead roles. Anuradha is married to noted Indian actor Kanwaljit Singh. The couple has two sons named Siddharth and Aditya. Siddharth works as a musician, and Aditya works as a painter.
Anuradha has a goddaughter named Mariam.
Soon after the birth of Anuradha, Bharati got separated from her first husband, Dr Veerendra Patel. Later, Bharati Jaffery married Hamid Jaffrey, who is the brother of late Indian actor Saeed Jaffery.
Bharati Jaffery and Hameed Jaffery have two sons named Rahul Patel, who is a fashion photographer, and Saahil Jaffery, who is an Indian actor.
Rahul Patel is married to Kiran Patel. Hameed has two daughters named Geneviève and Shaheen from his first marriage. Hameed Jaffery was first married to a Scottish woman named Valerie Salway. Later, Geneviève married a Sindhi businessman, Jagdeep Advani, and the couple has a daughter named Kiara Advani, a popular Bollywood actress. Bharati Jaffery was the aunt of popular Indian actresses Rani Mukerji and Kajol.
The renowned Indian filmmaker Ayan Mukerji is her nephew.
Bharati Jaffery lived at 403 Ashok Kumar Towers, 47 Union Park, Chembur 71, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
In 2001, Bharati Jaffrey was cast in the film ‘Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence’ as a supporting actress. The renowned Indian actress Raveena Tandon was the lead actress in the film and was directed by Kalpana Lajmi. Bharati Jaffery played the role of a strong and powerful village woman.
Bharati Jaffrey was a prominent Indian actress who was the recipient of a distinction for being cast in a German International movie. She appeared in the television show Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa in 1998, and in the following year, she worked in the popular television serial Saans, aired on Star Plus along with her co-actors Neena Gupta and Kanwaljit Singh.
On 20 September 2022, she died due to a prolonged illness in Mumbai, India.
- According to Bharati Jaffery, her acting career was inspired by her father, Ashok Kumar, who used to take his bother daughters to his shooting sets in their childhood. In an interview with a media house, Bharati remembered that she was pampered like a princess at Ashok Kumar’s workplace by his co-workers. She recalled,
Papa exposed us to world cinema and the creative arts. I used to go to the sets with him and we used to be treated like little princesses. Those days, there was no television.”
- Once, Bharati Jaffery urged in a media conversation that an award ‘Outstanding performer of the year’ must be named after Ashok Kumar in his honour and contribution to Indian cinema.