Not ev­ery­one can be­come a su­per­star: Jimmy

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n a ca­reer span­ning over two decades, Jimmy Sheirgill has acted in sev­eral pop­u­lar films such as Mo­hab­batein (2000), A Wed­nes­day (2008), Tanu Weds Manu (2011), and more re­cently, Happy Bhag Jayegi. Ask him why even af­ter so many years, the su­per­star tag eludes him, and he says, “I have got ev­ery­thing from this in­dus­try. I have no re­grets. Not ev­ery­one can be­come a su­per­star. I came to Mum­bai with a suit­case, a small amount of money, and my par­ents’ bless­ings. To­day, I am liv­ing the life I wanted.”

When Jimmy started out, he was of­ten praised for his boy-next-door looks. But over the years, the ac­tor has also come to be known for his per­for­mances by do­ing a va­ri­ety of roles. “It was a con­scious de­ci­sion to not fall un­der any one cat­e­gory, and that was the rea­son I did films such as Yeh Zindagi Ka Sa­far (2001) and Haasil (2003). For an ac­tor, it is im­por­tant to play all kinds of roles,” he says.

The 45-year-old is also a name to reckon with in Pun­jabi cinema. He does at least one Pun­jabi film ev­ery year. “I have gone to sev­eral Pun­jabi house­holds across the world to pro­mote th­ese films. Fi­nally, when Mel Ka­rade Rabba (2010) re­leased, Bol­ly­wood also took no­tice, and things turned around. Ev­ery­body was shocked at the money that film earned,” says Jimmy.

The ac­tor adds that the Pun­jabi film in­dus­try still needs a push to com­pete with Bol­ly­wood. “The only is­sue with the Pun­jabi film in­dus­try is that there is no one body gov­ern­ing it, like the Cine And TV Artistes As­so­ci­a­tion (CINTAA). Also, cur­rently, a small per­cent­age of the Pun­jabi pop­u­la­tion world­wide watches th­ese films. If that in­creases to 5% or 10%, things will im­prove,” he adds.

It was a con­scious de­ci­sion to not fall un­der any one cat­e­gory... it is im­por­tant to play all kinds of roles. JIMMY SHEIRGILL, AC­TOR

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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