I wanted to break away from the lover-boy im­age: Jimmy

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Af­ter work­ing in ro­man­tic films like Mo­hab­batein (2000) and Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002), Jimmy Sheir­gill (left) wanted to break away from his “cho­co­late-lover boy im­age.” The ac­tor says that’s why he starred in off-beat films such as Ya­haan (2005) and A Wednes­day (2008).

“Af­ter do­ing those films, I chose films that were in­tense. I love to play dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters and ev­ery time I have to do a strong char­ac­ter, I get the chance to re­search about it, do my own hard work to pre­pare for it. It’s a kind of a chal­lenge and I love to do that,” says the 43-year-old.

Af­ter nearly two decades in the in­dus­try, Jimmy wants to play char­ac­ters which have a story be­hind them. “Roles can be the same but char­ac­ters need to be dif­fer­ent. I don’t want to do a sim­i­lar char­ac­ter again and again, even if some peo­ple like me play­ing only that char­ac­ter,” he says.

“I’d much rather be part of an ensem­ble star cast­some­thing like a Lage Raho Munna Bhai, where I played the taxi driver, rather than do­ing a film in which I’m the hero but I do noth­ing through­out the film and get the girl in the end. I pre­fer meaty roles than do­ing a char­ac­ter that can be played by any­one else on screen,” adds Sheir­gill.

PHOTO:YOGEN SHAH

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