Bollywood Actor Jackie Shroff
Jackie Shroff’s actual name is Jaikishen Kakubhai Shroff. His birthday falls on February 1st, 1957. During his early days he was a petty thief and a small time goon in the area of Teenbatti located in South Bombay.
In 1973, at the age of 16 he had his first brush with Bollywood films; he got to play a small role to play in the super hit movie ‘Heera Panna’. But his real debut in Bollywood came when legendary Bollywood actor Dev Anand cast him in Swami Dada in 1982. Though the movie was moderately successful he got noticed. And the important thing was that he was noticed by none other than Bollywood showman director Subhash Ghai. Subhash Ghai cast Jackie Shroff as the lead hero in his movie titled ‘Hero’. Jackie plays the role of a goon who was enemies with a police chief played by Shammi Kapoor and to take revenge he kidnaps his daughter.
He takes her away inside some deep forest. The daughter’s role is played former Bollywood beauty Meenakshi Seshadri. At first obviously the two are not on talking terms and later on as the days go by they both start liking each other. Jackie as his name is in the movie too has a change of heart and wants to get sober and quit his ugly goon image. Meenakshi then wants to help him from the clutches of her father for fear that he will be put behind bars for good for kidnapping her. The movie’s romantic story line was very engrossing and proved to be a super hit making both the actors over night stars.
During the 80’s and even thereafter Jackie Shroff was often cast in movies co-starring another leading Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor. Subhash Ghai who cast him in ‘Hero’ had a fond liking for both Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. The trio was involved in some of the biggest hit of the 1980’s. Starting with the super hit movie ‘Karma’ directed by Subhash Ghai, his co-stars in the movie were Anil Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon, Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah and Bollywood all time great Dilip Kumar and actress Nutan. The story was on a terrorist organization infiltrating weapons into India. The villain’s role was played by Anupam Kher where he played the famous role of Dr. Dang. This movie too was a super hit and his rating as a bankable actor grew leaps and bounds.
Then came another Subhash Ghai directed movie co-starring Anil Kapoor titled Ram Lakhan along with Madhuri Dixit that was released in 1989. Again these three managed to deliver another super hit. They were all on cloud 9 and why not, they deserved it. In 1993 came ‘Khalnayak’ where instead of Anil Kapoor this time there was another top Bollywood actor in the form of Sanjay Dutt. The movie received very high publicity because the song ‘Choli Ke Peche’ and at the same time Sanjay Dutt’s role in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts was been scrutinized by the Mumbai Police. This movie too proved to be a hit at the box office.
Some of his famous leading roles came in Angaar (1992) where he plays a youth, frustrated with crime and corruption, who takes on a violent campaign against the system; and Gardish (1993) where his portrayal of a common man taking on the criminal elements in society is considered his best work.
His other memorable roles include "Ravi Mathur", one of the three protagonists who take on a crime lord in Tridev (1989), "Ram Sinha" a cop in Khalnayak (1993), the freedom fighter "Shubhankar" in 1942: A Love Story (1994), "Raj Kamal" a famous actor in Rangeela (1995), and "Chunnilal" in the film Devdas (2002). He was recently applauded for his performance in the Bengali film Antar Mahal (2005).
In 2006 he had supporting roles in the hit comedy films Apna Sapna Money Money and Bhagam Bhag. He appeared in the multi-starrer action comedy Fool and Final in 2007.
One of his major career highlights came in the form of ‘Parinda’ that was released in year 1989. This movie proved to be a landmark movie in his career. His strong performance as a gangster who is trying to protect his younger brother from getting into the same business was very much appreciated and bagged him the Filmfare award for best actor. He won the Filmfare award for Best actor in supporting role for the film ‘1942: A Love Story’ and he bagged the same award for his role in the movie ‘Rangeela’ with Urmilla Matondkar. In between all these major successes, Jackie also was faced with financial crisis and has publicly spoken of his trails and tribulations of that period. These days he appears in select Bollywood movies and is one of the senior most Bollywood personalities to have a wide fan base.