Jackie Shroff: I’ve never felt insecure about my co-stars and I never will – #BigInterview | Hindi Movie News

There is no one like Jackie Shroff. His inimitable nonchalance and style are indelible and his attitude makes all the difference. In this week’s Big Interview, we catch up with Bollywood’s original Bhidu, the A-lister who never had a problem playing second fiddle. Whether it was the peak of his career in the ’80s and ’90s or as recently as Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi, Jackie never had a problem being the supporting role or the antagonist. Even when his solo films dominated the scene, he had no qualms about playing his contemporaries like Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. As he recalls his early years, his days meeting producers at his chawl in Teen Batti and his associations with the likes of Dev Anand, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjeev Kumar, Jackie engages in candid conversations that are both unfiltered and balanced at the same time. . Fragments…

You have often spoken about your admiration for Dev Anand, with whom you made your first film Swami Dada. Did you pick up on any of his mannerisms, his style, or his flirty personality?
When I acted, during the early movies, I had a lot of him in me. When I sang a song I always felt Dev saab around me. My mom always made my hair like Dev Saab, so from childhood I liked him. It’s almost automatic that there will be certain ways of him in me, sure.

Your first film as a lead actor was Hero in 1983, a debut starring Shammi Kapoor and Sanjeev Kumar, among others. What are your memories of sharing screen space with the legends?
They were like my superheroes standing in front of me. I had no idea how to react, I was just myself, as I am, and they accepted me as their family. They put me at ease. With Shammi Kapoor I know Aditya Raj Kapoor, his son. He is my friend. So I always went to his house and to me they were definitely like a family. But with Hari Bhai (Sanjeev Kumar) it was like ‘Wow!’ He spoke to me in Gujarati and so we broke the ice, Bindu ji was there too. I thought they were all so beautiful that they opened their arms to someone who had just entered. That’s why I feel love for all newcomers and treat them like my children.

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Is it true that after you became a star you continued to live in your chawl and filmmakers came to your house to give you movie stories?
Yes, they came to tell me scripts in my chawl, sitting outside on a drum, which I had made for chairs. If I had to answer nature’s calls, they would be there waiting for me, while I went to the potty or take a shower. I stayed in my chawl until 4-5 years after my first movie was released. I felt happy there. And all my friends always came, my mother cooked for them, they loved her food.

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Recently Anil Kapoor confessed that most of the fans would come and get your autograph but you would push him over to him to sign first, even when Shah Rukh Khan was a newcomer in King Uncle you would push him forward to take pictures with fans, announcing he’s the next big thing…
I’m lucky, these are my friends. Anil is my senior, Shah Rukh is my junior, but senior junior never mattered to me, it was all my friends, my colleagues. And it was so embarrassing to sign for someone, because Anil Kapoor is my senior, he can say anything… people didn’t come to him, but he’s my senior, so he has to sign first and then I’ll sign. He is my treasure.
Dono jaan hai mere, mile after mile, jab milenge toh aisa milenge ki kuch hua hi nahi (They are both my lifelong friends. Whether we meet or not, when he catches up, it’s like we met yesterday). So we’re like buddies, who don’t have to sit, and meet and call for a function or whatever. It’s always beautiful when we’re together.

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Sanjay Dutt recently said in an interview with ETimes that actors today are too insecure to share screen space compared to your time in the 80s and 90s. What do you think?
I think they still make three-hero movies and two-hero movies. As for insecurity, some people definitely have it, some people don’t care, but Sanju baba and I have never had any problems with each other.
Lines agar taai ho jata tha, then I would say tu hoi bol de (When the dialogue was difficult, I had him say them). I used to say to Baba I can’t remember this line why don’t you say it and then Subhash Ghai would come in and say ‘Director main hoon, tum nahi’. We had no problems and I think even these days, when people work in two-hero and three-hero movies, these things happen. My son is doing Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, with Akshay Kumar, so people work in two hero movies.
Uncertainty toh rahegi chhote, kissi kissi ko hota hai, kissi kissi ko nahi hota hai (Uncertainty is self-evident in our profession, some have it, others don’t), that’s a normal feeling.
Job pe jate hai teen chaar jan, toh dekhenge ki uska kaam achha hai, mere nahi, woh uncertainty toh rehti hai (In our work 3-4 actors work nearby and then they notice that the other is doing much better, then the uncertainty sets in).
Kisi ke pair kaatke, apneko lamba nahi bananeka (You can’t get higher by pushing others down), just compliment each other and you’ll be beautiful.
Ek dusre ko understand karke chalein toh zindagi achhi chalti hai (Life runs smoother when people compliment each other). Compliment each other on the big screen too,
uska scene hai toh the way he says it, you have to react, when he hits you, you have to take the blow,
uncertainty toh apne mein tha hi nahi, aur rahega bhi nahi (I’ve never felt insecure about my co-stars and I never will).
Mujhe lagta nahi ki aajkal ke bachchon mein hai, thoda thoda sab mein hoga, but that’s normal, it’s a normal phenomenon, bhidu (I don’t think modern kids have insecurity, they can feel it sometimes, but that’s normal).

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As an outsider, working with so many star kids, have you ever felt like you didn’t want to share screen space with others because of the comparisons?
No, I’ve never felt that way. In fact, I was always happy when my colleagues had the stronger role, it took the load off my head. samjha? (Do you understand?)
Devdas mein Devdas Shah Rukh baba bane, uske sar par poora bhoj hai, mein toh Chunni Babu hoon, Mission Kashmir mein villain hoon (Shah Rukh was Devdas, the responsibility was on his head, I just played Chunni Babu, I was the bad guy in Mission Kashmir), so I’d rather take a backseat than be a frontrunner.
Unese bees ka farak nahi padta hai (It’s a matter of minor differences).

You were one of the few actors who was happy to take on negative roles, as recently in Sooryavanshi. What fascinates you about these characters?
Nothing excites me more than playing a good, bad, or ugly character, as long as I’m the one playing it. I keep saying I’m like a potato, you put me in a vegetable and I’ll be fine.

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From movies you went to short films, then you diversified further with OTT with shows like OK Computer. Is it important to keep reinventing yourself?
In my case, it’s not thought about, it just happens. It’s the writers who think about the characters, they reinvent you. It’s up to you whether you like it, whether you do it or not.
Jo likhkar dete hai, woh kehte hain ki aapko dekhkar maine ek kahaani likhi and they tell me I fit right into their story. So it’s up to them. All I can do is say yes or no. That depends on our understanding,
ki yeh roll karna chahiye ya nahi (should I do the part or not). It’s the writers and the engineers who made me what I am today.

Your image has been synonymous with your fashion and sense of style. In 1994, you were even credited as a costume designer in Rangeela. What does fashion mean to you?
What I used to do is
paise hote nahi the, toh uss waqt Khadi Bhandar mein sabse khoobsurat, saste, sundar, tikauu aur
nice outfits spleen the (I had no money and at that time Khadi Bhandar had the most beautiful and cheapest outfits). Beautiful things were being made from khaki fabrics, so we went there, picked up the fabric, and had pants sewn. Then we would paint over the cloth,
yeh karte karte kapde bann ne Lage, aur jo comfortable laga woh pehna (for example, we made different clothes and I always wore what I felt comfortable in). It’s about how you carry yourself. You can wear anything, but it’s how you wear it that makes all the difference.

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