From Jaik­is­han to Jackie, Jaggu Dada tells it all!

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - He­men­dra Chaturvedi

Trust ac­tor Jackie Shroff for some straight-from-the-heart talk. The ac­tor went down the mem­ory lane dur­ing his in­ter­ac­tion with stu­dents at a school in Agra and re­vealed that he was in school when his friend changed his name from Jai Kis­han to Jackie.

The ac­tor was chief guest dur­ing the an­nual ath­letic meet of St Peter’s Col­lege in Agra on Satur­day.

“For me it does not mat­ter, what is in the name but Sub­hash Ghai sa­hab used all my three names, in­clud­ing Jackie Shroff, Jaggu Dada and Jaik­is­han, in a movie,” said Jackie.

“Apun ne chana becha, poster chip­kaya, lekin naseeb aaj ya­han tak le aaya (I sold grams, pasted poster but destiny brought me here). Suit pe­han kar koi an­grez nahi ho jata bedu’ (one can­not be­come English by wear­ing suit),” he said and re­vealed that he could study only till Class XI due to paucity of money.

He jus­ti­fied his Mum­baiya as­cent. “It had been 35 long years work­ing in Bol­ly­wood and I tried to man­age all re­quire­ments. I did some movies which were for script, some­times we have to do for hon­our, re­la­tion­ship with friends in the in­dus­try like my men­tor Sub­hash Ghai and some­times it’s just money or for ex­per­i­ments like doc­u­men­taries. Paise ke liye bhi kaam karna padta hai nahi to paisa kya baap dega (we have to work for money else who will give money),” he said while de­fend­ing his choice of roles.

“For ev­ery par­ent, suc­cess of chil­dren is rea­son for pride and plea­sure and so do I feel see­ing Tiger do­ing well in film in­dus­try,” he said.

He asked chil­dren to re­spect their par­ents who spent their money and en­ergy to ed­u­cate their wards. Jackie told stu­dents that he played kabaddi, kho kho in child­hood but his favourite sports was foot­ball and he still loved play­ers like Ron­aldo but his favourite was Sachin Ten­dulkar. The ac­tor re­fused to com­ment on the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing San­jay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Pad­ma­vati’

The ac­tor also showed con­cern for the smog that has en­veloped New Delhi. He said that it was high time we planted trees to avert such si­t­u­a­tion. He sug­gested par­ents to train their chil­dren to plant saplings. He stressed on the health as­pect and ob­served that stu­dents to­day lacked strength, which he felt dur­ing his hand­shakes with them. Ac­cord­ing to him, the stu­dents should be taught to ad­mire sol­diers in de­fence forces as they were the ‘real he­roes’. Stu­dents should not waste time chas­ing film ac­tors. “I was in Delhi and came across the pol­lu­tion and things seem to be get­ting bad. It is high time that we start plant­ing saplings for sav­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. Plant ‘tulsi’ and in­stead of look­ing to­ward film ac­tors, stu­dents should fo­cus more on en­vi­ron­ment.”

He loved the title ‘Sul­tan of Swag’ given by the stu­dents.


Jackie Shroff

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