Today’s the 61st birthday of Jai Kishan Kakubhai Shroff aka Jackie Shroff. From Jai Kishan to Jaggu dada, his journey is equally cinematic like a Bollywood movie. A man who started off his journey from a 30ft by 30ft room in a chawl eventually went on to become one of the so-called ‘A’ listers in Bollywood with sheer hard work and dedication. His classmates used to call him Jackie but later he got to be known as ‘Hero’ thanks to the Subhash Ghai film. The actor has been part of several iconic movies like Khalnayak, Aaina, Devdas and many more. He has been in the film industry for almost four decades and as of 2017, he has appeared in more than 220 films in ten languages which includes Hindi, Konkani, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Bhojpuri. Now, that’s quite a lot!
Speaking off his struggle in early days, Jackie Shroff in a recent interview published in Mumbai Mirror said, “As a child living in a Teen Batti chawl near Grant Road in South Mumbai, I would wait for a film to release or the elections so my friends and I would get hired to paste posters on the walls. We would get paid four aanas for an afternoon's work.”
“To supplement my income, during Republic Day and Independence Day functions, I would sell peanuts and chana to those who gathered for the parades and flag-hoisting. We would save all the money and buy jalebis afterward,” he added.
Jackie Shroff was recently honoured at the Jio Filmfare 2018 for his contribution in short films. Speaking to the media, “It is always encouraging to be recognized for the work that you do. Khujli was a different stint for me and I am glad that it received this kind of love and praise. It only reiterates that content is key and motivates me to keep trying new avenues of filmmaking as an actor. All this was possible because of Sonam Nair’s patience with me. Also hoping to work with Nil Battey Sannata director and more such talents”.
In the same award show, he also met the energetic star Ranveer Singh and both of them did an impromptu dance on a Bappi Lahiri retro number backstage.
Coming to the work front, reports confirm that Jackie Shroff is all set to play the lead role in Gujarati adaptation of Rajesh Mapuskar’s Marathi comedy-drama Ventilator. The movie is going to be directed by Umang Vyas and has been penned down by Falguni Patel and Lawrence D’Souza. Jackie will play the character essayed by Ashutosh Gowariker in the original film. “Finally, I have been cast in a film in my mother tongue. I hope I will live up to it,” said Shroff, according to a Times of India report.
Ventilator, which was produced by Priyanka Chopra and was one of the most successful Marathi films of 2017, bagged three National Awards last year for best direction, best editing, and best sound mixing.Jackie Shroff has also signed a contract to star in the joint Iranian-Indian film ‘The Devil's Daughter.’ He is scheduled to travel to Iran while the film will be screen played. The film is going to be directed by Iranian director Ghorban Mohammadpour, who has previously produced the joint Iran-Bollywood production 'Hello Mumbai' in 2016.