Jimmy Sheirgill opens up about no godfather in Bollywood

Jimmy Sheirgill has completed 25 years in Bollywood but despite having been a part of many Hindi films, he says that he never had the luxury to wait for ‘hero’ roles to come his way and hence he decided to take up ‘interesting’ roles instead. Sheirgill had made his acting debut in 1996 with Maachis and got his first big film with Mohabbatein in 2000. He went on to star in films like Munna Bhai MBBS, Hum Tum, Tanu Weds Manu and Special 26.

“Mera toh iss industry mein koi nahi tha toh mujhe isi tareeke se apna career dikha, ki kahin kuch interesting mila woh kar liya, yeh nahi socha ki main sirf hero hi karunga aur uske baad phir do saal ghar pe baitha reh gaya. Woh sab luxury mere paas nahi thi isliye mujhe woh saare roles choose karne pade jo maine kiye finally (I did not have a godfather in this industry so I just took up any interesting roles that came my way. I did not think that I would only play the hero and then sat at home for two years waiting. I did not have that luxury, so I chose the roles I ended up doing),” he said in an interview with a popular RJ.

Jimmy Sheirgill

“Kai baar log mereko poochte hai, ‘Aapko kya zaroorat thi? Aap achcha bhala hero ka role kar rahe the. Aapko yeh chhota role karne ki kya zaroorat thi? Usse aap typecast ho gaye, uss wajah se aapko aise roles milte hai’ (People often ask me why I took up small roles after playing the lead role and tell me that I got typecast in supporting roles). I turn around and say, ‘Boss, at that point of time, that was the best option for me and I chose it and I went ahead and did it. I am proud and glad that I did that.’ That’s how it has been, it’s not that I have got anything on a platter,” he added.

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