Actor Jaaved Jaaferi (also occasionally billed with a slightly different spelling, as Javed Jaffrey) did the preponderance of his work in productions from his native India; sporting a clean-cut, everyman appearance, Jaaferi quickly unveiled the ability to segue between dramatic and comic roles with an almost effortless dexterity. Born in Mumbai in 1963, he grew up as the son of noted Indian film actor Syed Jawaher and drifted into film in the mid-'80s, gradually ascending to supporting and lead billing. Key projects included the features Boom (2003), Salaam Namaste (2005), and Dhamaal (2007). Jaaferi enjoyed a particularly prolific series of collaborations with acclaimed Indian arthouse director Deepa Mehta, in whose efforts Fire (1996) and Earth (1998) he landed supporting roles. In 2008, Jaaferi took an unusual assignment by lending his voice to the Hindi-language animated feature Roadside Romeo.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Made his acting debut in Meri Jung (1985).
- For his performance in Salaam Namaste (2006) he won the IIFA Best Comedian Award.
- Won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues for Inshaallah Football (2011), which he worked on as a producer.
- Contested in the 2014 general election for the Aam Aadmi Party, but only finished 5th in his constituency Lucknow.
- Has dubbed the voices of Mickey Mouse and Goofy for Disney in Hindi.
- Was one of the judges at the India Karaoke World Championship.