The down to earth and humble actor who was appointed the Brand Ambassador for the 14th MIFF 2016 goes down the memory lane and asserts that he is just beginning his career and it would be wrong to say that he is an achiever– though he has completed 34 years in films as an actor. Born to a Gujarati father and Turkish mother, Jackie Shroff has appeared in 207 films in nine languages in a career spanning nearly 34 years.
Q) Is it true that you were the local toughie during his early years?
A) Though I was popular as Jackie dada among my folks in Teen Batti, it was my elder brother who was the real (dada) of the Chawl. My brother was the real Jaggu Dada of our Chawl. He used to take care of our slum people, look after them when in need. But at a very young age, unfortunately, my brother jumped into the sea to save someone. My brother did not know swimming and started drowning. I threw a cable line at him, but though he held onto it and remained floating for a few seconds the cable slipped out of his hands. I was young and scared and stood there watching him drown. After him, I decided I had to look after my slum people just like he did and turned into Jaggu dada.
Q) You had to struggle a hell of a lot. Isn’t it?
A) My struggling years makes for a great story. Since I always had an inclination for style and cooking, I applied to Taj Hotel in Mumbai to be a chef apprentice but was rejected as for falling short of the minimum qualifications. Later I also tried my luck at Air India for the post of (a) flight attendant but was once again rejected for similar reasons. One fine day while (I) was waiting at a bus stop, a man walked up to me and asked me ‘modeling Karega?’ I was broke then as I was not earning at that time quickly asked, ‘paisa kya’. My journey towards stardom began at that particular moment.
Q) Let us go on a flashback mode. How did you bag the minuscule role in “Swami Dada?”
A) I played the henchman of Shakti Kapoor in Dev Anand’s “Swami Dada.” Dev Anand was impressed by my looks when he spotted me in a Charminar ad, and when I later went to him for a role, he offered me, “Swami Dada.” Though I never thought I would be able to act, I grabbed the role. Later, Subhash Ghai gave me my first break as a lead in “Hero.” Though I was written off by the critics as a wooden actor, the film went on to run for 75 weeks and became a blockbuster. In fact, it was Ghai who gave me my screen name Jackie and the rest is history.
Q) Bo Derek played one of the key roles in your wife Ayesha’s home production “Boom.” How did you get Bo to say yes for your film?
A) I had met Bo Derek at an awards function held in South Africa. I had spoken to her about my desire to cast her in my wife Ayesha’s film “Boom.” Bo was sweet enough to tell me that if the script convinced her, she would readily do my film. And she did. It was fun working with Bo whose fan I have been since my childhood.
Q)What do you feel when you look back at your career?
A) Sitting back now I realize that from “Hero,” my debut to my last- “Brothers,” spanning almost thirty-three years consisting of various types of experiences good, bad and ugly, it has indeed been a very long journey.
Q) In what way is your lifestyle different today?
A) Earlier I used to associate thoughtful scripts with hits. However very soon in my career, I realized that my thinking was very wrong. When films like Mahesh Bhatt’s “Kaash” flopped while inane and mediocre action films became big hits. I decided to try to maintain a balance of both the genres of films- the inane dishum dishum types would keep their distributors happy and the moolah flowing, while the thoughtful ones would take care of critical acclaim and artistic satisfaction. I decided to take a decision consciously to cut down on my films because I want to chill out, spend quality time with my family, with myself. Mine has indeed been a very long innings.
Q) You were one of the first few stars who agreed to anchor a TV show called Missing.
A) I am very happy that thanks to the show on Sony TV with which I was associated as an anchor, as many as five kids were reunited with their parents, though after 52 episodes were telecast, the channel, in which I also had a stake at that point in time decided to close it down because it was not able to generate good TRP’s.
Q) What has your stint with the film industry taught you as an actor?
A) I should confess that over the years as my friendship with filmmakers increased, I did many films on grounds of friendship. While some worked, many flopped. However, I have absolutely no regrets. I feel that I am one of the few actors who can boast of such a wide variety of roles. I was even accepted in a negative role in “100 Days” when my career as a leading man was at its peak. What more could I have asked for? I feel that it is very important for an actor to realize his own potential and do only those films, which suit his personality to the T, than get stuck in a rut. Touchwood. I think in that sense I have been extremely lucky.
Q) Tell me about your film “Life’s Good?”
A) I am quite kicked at the prospects of acting in a commercially viable offbeat film which I am proud to be a part of. I am thankful to Ananth Mahadevan for having had the guts to cast me in the film produced by the first time producer Anand Shukla under his banner Ektanand Pictures. The story of “Life’s Good” revolves around a 40 year old guy called Rameshwar played by me, who, after the death of his mother, is plunged into loneliness and depression and is on the verge of killing himself when his life takes a surprising turn and a six year-old girl called Mishti breaks his window pane and enters his life, all of a sudden. The long-standing friendship between them as Mishti becomes an integral part of his life is what the crux of the film is all about. The film has been penned by the acclaimed Sujit Sen who is also known for writing films like “Saaransh,” “Arth,” “Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke” and “Angaar.”
Q) What was your reaction when Ananth Mahadevan narrated the script to you?
A) When Ananth Mahadevan narrated the script to me, I was touched instantly and there was a lump in my throat as I was hearing the narration from him, since it took me to my past, to my brother my mother who are no more today. Though in general, I prefer to just hear a one line from directors when they approach me to be part of their films, since I used to go to sleep when my mother used to narrate to my stories, I told Ananth to narrate to me the entire story in one go. On the sets, I realized that I had become quite stiff as an actor and had developed a pattern of working in stereotyped roles for several years and hence let Ananth mould me the way the character demanded and you have to see the amazing result on the screen
Q) How was the experience of acting in the film?
A) I loved the character of the emotionally disturbed Rameshwar that I play in the film when he comes across the kid in his life because not many filmmakers have cast me in emotional roles. I have done emotional roles in films like Mahesh Bhatt’s “Kaash,” “Priyadarhsan’s Gardish” etc. When I was working as a villain in “Mission Kashmir,” I feel that as an actor, I had completed a complete circle since I had begun my career in films as a villain with Devsaab’s “Swami Dada,” but now I realized that with the film “Life’s Good,” I have really completed a circle as far as my career is concerned, as an actor.
Q) Though you had discovered Katrina Kaif with your film “Boom,” you have not asked her any favor till date. Why?
A) Just because I had given a break to an actor, I do not like to pressurize him or her to act in a film produced by me. Why should I pressurize Katrina Kaif and ask her to work with me or in a film produced by me just because I had discovered her with my film “Boom” when she was a raw newcomer. If she is a big star today, it is entirely thanks to her hard work and talent and would not like to bask in on her glory.
Q) You are one actor who respects all the elders even today!
A) People like Manoj Kumar, Asha Parekhji etc are my seniors and very close to my heart. Whenever I am in front of them, I have never smoked or had a drink in my hand. I remember a few years ago, I walked out a prominent award function, when I was asked to be part of badtamezi when my seniors like Shammiji were asked to sit behind youngsters. I always make it a point to tell youngsters who become stars overnight these days that just because their films are hits, they should not develop feathers and start flying on air.
Q) Not many are aware of the fact that you have to your credit films in not only Hindi but also Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada.
A) Yes. It is true that I have acted in “Zamana” in Malayalam, “Aranyakaandam” in Tamil and a film in Kannada with Rajkumar’s star son Shivraj Kumar too, besides “Rudayanth” in Marathi, which also marked the debut of Aditya Panscholi as a villain in Marathi films.
Q) What next?
A) Egged by the kind of short films and documentaries that I managed to see at the recent MIFF of which h I have become the brand ambassador, I have decided to produce a documentary film on bees and honey and the role the bees play as pollinators and hence am in talks with the renowned wildlife filmmaker Mike Pandey, who has promised to help me helm the film.
Bollywood Loses One More Star As Sushanth Singh Rajput Commits Suicide
As Bollywood was coming to grips with the tragic loss of two of its finest actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, tragedy struck once again as news broke out about the death of Sushanth Singh Rajput. The news left everyone shell shocked as news reports about police finding his body at his Bandra residence in Mumbai. Sushanth Singh Rajput committed suicide according to the police and further reports are awaited following the post mortem autopsy.
Sushanth Singh Rajput was a brilliant method actor who performed in some memorable movies like Kai Po Che!, Shuddh Desi Romance, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and his last film Chhichhore. Sushanth was working on his next project Dil Behcare, which is a remake of the Hollywood movie and the best selling novel, The Fault In Our Stars. As news about Sushanths demise came out, shocked celebrities reacted with disbelief and offered their condolences.
Sushanth Singh Rajput is believed to have taken the extreme step due his battle with depression. Incidentally, in the last movie he was seen in Chhichhore, he gives the message that suicide is not an option for anything and that there is so much in life to look forward.
We at Mango Bollywood extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sushanth Singh Rajput as they cope with the loss.
Rishi Kapoor- A Remembrance Of Bollywood’s Heartthrob And Legend
Rishi Kapoor is known as one of the legends of Bollywood who was responsible for making Bollywood what it is today. As the entire nation is coming to grips with the sudden demise of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor’s untimely demise is a heavy blow to the movie industry as well as the nation. Fans and celebrities are still in shock from the news of Rishi Kapoor’s demise and it will surely take a while for the news to sink in. Rishi Kapoor passed away in a hospital in Mumbai after losing a long battle with cancer.
Rishi Kapoor hails from a clan who made its mark in Bollywood beginning with his father Raj Kapoor, who is revered as one of India’s most greatest and influential actors and filmmakers. Rishi Kapoor is the second generation Kapoor to make his mark in the movie industry. Rishi won a National Award for his debut role as a child artist in Mera Naam Joker (1970,) a movie which starred his father Raj Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor was known as a heartthrob for playing romantic roles on the silver screen and has racked up some impressive hits as the lead actor like Rafoo Chakkar (1975,) Laila Majnu (1976,) Sargam (1979,) Karz (1980,) Prem Rog (1982,) Nagina (1986,) Chandni (1989,) Heena (1991) and Honeymoon (1992.)
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Rishi Kapoor moved on to playing supporting roles in the latter part of his career and gave us many notable performances. Hum Tum (2004,) Fanaa (2006,) Namastey London (2007) and Love Aaj Kal (2009) are some of the famous films in which Rishi Kapoor’s performances are still cherished to date.
Rishi Kapoor left a proud legacy and his son Ranbir Kapoor will continue to carry the torch through his films. India and Bollywood will miss its charming heartthrob Rishi Kapoor, but there is no doubt his family, friends and fans will continue to remember him through his films.
Irrfan Khan- An Ode To The Gentleman Actor
Irrfan Khan is one of Bollywood’s finest actors whose career spanned almost three decades. Irrfan Khan brought multiple accolades to India and Indian cinema throughout his career by acting in Indian, British and Hollywood movies. The Angrezi Medium actor, sadly passed away in Mumbai owing to a sudden colon infection. Khan recently battled with a neuroendocrine tumour and has announced his success against beating the cancer.
Irrfan Khan is known for his offbeat and slice of life movies which make the viewers deeply reflect on life and philosophy. Having made his debut with the Academy Award nominated movie Salaam Bombay! (1988,) Irrfan rose to prominence with his wide variety of roles he essayed throughout his career. However, Irrfan Khan’s talent gained recognition with his portrayal of Paan Singh Tomar (2011) in the biopic movie of the same name. Khan won the National Film Award for the best actor for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar.
Over the course of his career Irrfan Khan appeared in several Hollywood films like The Warrior (2001,) The Namesake (2006,) The Darjeeling Limited (2007,) the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008,) New York, I Love You (2009,) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012,) Life of Pi (2012,) Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016.)
Some of Irrfan Khan’s best works came late into his career and they include movies like The Lunchbox (2013,) nominated for a BAFTA Award Haider (2014,) Gunday (2014,) Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015) and the critically acclaimed Hindi Medium (2017) which went on to become one of the biggest grossing movies of Bollywood before Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with cancer in 2018.
Irrfan Khan’s last movie was the recently released Angrezi Medium which hit the theaters earlier this year. With the untimely and unfortunate demise of one of India’s finest actors, Irrfan Khan will leave a huge void in Indian cinema but there is no doubt that Irrfan Khan immortalized himself on the silver screens. Indian Cinema will miss the maverick actor of modern Bollywood classics.
Nishabdham Trailer – Madhavan Starrer Promises An Intense Thriller
Nishabdham is an upcoming multilingual movie which stars Anushka Shetty and Madhavan in the lead roles. Directed by Hemant Madhukar, this film is jointly produced by T.G. Vishwa Prasad, Vivek Kuchibhotla and Kona Venkat.
The trailer begins with an intense and ominous shot in the basement of a house in the U.S., showing a dead body and a terrified Sakshi (Anushka Shetty) turning towards the camera. The next shot shows a news anchor outside the house which is being referred to as a haunted house. A visibly injured Sakshi is seen in a hospital bed trying to convince Maha (Anjali,) a cop that it was a ghost who committed the murder. Maha believes it is Sakshi’s best friend Sonali (Shalini Pandey) who committed the crimes but it turns out she is already deceased and cremated. The plot of the movie can be deduced from the rest of the trailer. Nishadham will be a movie where Sakshi and Maha race against time to connect the dots and uncover the killer.
Watch the trailer here:
Madhavan will be seen in an upcoming bilingual movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect in which he will star alongside Simran Bagga. The movie is based on the life of Nambi Narayan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was accused of espionage.
Nishabdham stars Anushka as a mute artist and Madhavan as a musician in the lead roles while Hollywood’s Michael Madsen, Anjali, Subbaraju, Shalini Pandey and Srinivas Avasarala will appear in supporting roles. Nishabdham is slated for a release worldwide, on April 2nd, 2020.
Hrithik Roshan Credits Ranveer Singh For Fashion Inspiration, Ranveer Responds
Hrithik Roshan delivered one of biggest hits of 2019 with War, a movie jam packed with action, fights and beautiful visuals. Following the movie, Hrithik Roshan seems to have taken some time off to vacation with friends.
Hrithik Roshan posted a picture from his vacation where he can be seen walking barefoot on a grass lawn wearing a red t shirt and a white towel wrapped around like a ‘lungi.’ The actor credited Ranveer Singh for the fashion inspiration.
It is well known that Ranveer Singh has a fondness to make style statements through his eccentric dressing styles. Ranveer Singh earlier paired a white t shirt with a green lungi and Hrithik Roshan’s credit was a subtle hint towards that.
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Needless to say, Ranveer Singh immediately responded with a comment on Hrithik’s Instagram post saying ‘sax’ god, a subtle nod to Hrithik Roshan’s popularity and being on the list of the world’s sexiest men.
Hrithik Roshan will be working on Krrish 4, the next instalment of the Krrish franchise while Ranveer Singh will be seen in the upcoming Kapil Dev biopic 83.
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