Inderjit Bhaskar, father of actor Sanjeev Bhaskar, passes away at 92: ‘Work hard. Don’t cheat anyone’
After India’s partition, Inderjit and his wife Janak Bhaskar had arrived in the UK between 1956 and 1960 where they worked hard to get a better life.
Inderjit Bhaskar (1930-2023) (Picture: Sanjeev Bhaskar X account/@TVSanjeev)
SANJEEV Bhaskar OBE, one of England’s finest actors and television presenters, on Tuesday (28) shared on X that his father Inderjit Bhaskar had passed away on November 18. He was 92.
The Goodness Gracious Me actor and chancellor of the University of Sussex also posted a couple of pictures of his late father — from his youth and older age — and also an advice that he had given to his son, “Work hard. Don’t cheat anyone. Be happy”.
Condolences poured in on the post as soon as the news was revealed.
Inderjit and his wife Janak Bhaskar had arrived in the UK between 1956 and 1960, a decade after the Partition of India. Inderjit and Janak had their home in today’s Pakistan and during the Partition-time displacement, they landed in a refugee camp in Delhi, Sanjeev told The Guardian once. He said his parents then reached the UK where they worked hard and paid their taxes and never relied on the state’s aid.
“Migrants like them moved here for a reason: to work and to have a life,” he had told the news outlet with a sense of pride.
Inderjit worked as a shift worker in a factory and according to Sanjeev, his father had a dream of becoming a film director and he came to know about it years after he shared with the latter his own ambition of becoming an actor. Sanjeev told The Guardian that his father was trying to protect him from the world of glamour since he could not fulfil his own dream as he had his own family and even that of his widowed sister to look after.
But Sanjeev inherited his father’s work ethic, sense of loyalty and duty and those have helped him to progress in life.