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The day the laughter stopped

December 4, 1921, wasn't a good day for Hollywood actor-director Fatty Arbuckle, who was being tried for the murder of a starlet called Virginia Rappe. The trial ended in a hung jury, and Arbuckle was eventually acquitted.

Still, the damage had been done. His films were banned and his career almost died out. He worked under a pseudonym for a while, and died ten years later at the age of 46.

Also on December 4, in 1963, Jaaved Jaffrey was born to Syed Jawaher Ali Jaffrey -- known to Bollywood fans as, simply, Jagdeep.

Often credited with introducing Hindi cinema to break-dancing, Jaaved has evolved into one of the industry's most respected comic artistes.

A skilled mimic, he first gained attention for his appearances in advertisements for tomato ketchup. As television evolved into a powerful medium, more and more Indians began to appreciate his particular brand of wackiness.

Apart from his successful career as a dancer and actor, Jaaved deserves respect for his revolution of sorts in the reality television space. He created - with brother Naved and friend Ravi Behl - that small screen favourite called Boogie Woogie, still the most popular dance competition show around.

Jaaved took home his first IIFA award in 2006, for Best Comic Role in Salaam Namaste. He deserves a hell of a lot more accolades.

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