Jackie Shroff will be seen in Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) with John Abraham after a long time
Paltan was the last movie in which we have seen Jackie Shroff and his next upcoming film is Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW) which is a spy thriller. When asked to Shroff about his comeback in the films, the 62 years actor said, “It’s a responsible role and I needed someone like Robbie (Grewal, director) to make me look and sound different after 200 odd films.”
While talking about part of some big budget nation based films like Karma, Border, and Khalnayak, Jackie Shroff said with a big smile, “I wear khakee in my heart.” Recapitulating his memories about those patriotic films, he goes on to recall about JP Dutta’s 1997 film ‘Border’ based on the Battle of Longewala during the Indo-Pak war in which he played Wing Commander Anand ‘Andy’ Bajwa, saying that when he was squatted double in the Hunter-fighter plane, he realised how India’s Air Force pilots may look like aam aadmi, but in combat situations they become Iron Man. “It’s a crazy feeling, wriggling into a confined cockpit and flying out into a danger zone. Hats off to these real heroes who do this job, day in and out,” he said, the awe evident in his voice.
For the first time the veteran actor will be sharing screen with co-star John Abraham and Suchitra Krishnamoorthi. Jackie Shroff has already started crediting his co-stars “Suchitra ji is Saraswati, such a beautiful voice. A single mother and a lovely lady, she has so much love and not a trace of malice for anyone,” the actor says.
Jackie may have met John on the sets of the film but the two have family connection as he knows John’s aunt Dolly from the early days, “I love the family’s genes. John works silently but staggers you with his intensity when you are facing the camera with him,” he says.
In another upcoming Ali Abbaz Zafar’s film Bharat, Jackie Shroff will be seen playing the father of Salman Khan. Jackie recalls his association with Salman on his very early yers of his carrier and said, “I met Salman during his growing up years while filming ‘Falak’whose dialogue was penned by his father, Salim Khan saab. He was this young kid on the set showing me his workout regime. He still loves me a lot, it’s evident to all, which is why he offered me this emotional role,” Jackie asserts, adding with a smile, “Salman’s still a teenager for me, a child, his eyes shining with his love for me and reflecting his awe. In my eyes he will never grow up.”
While he was talking about his film, he also took a turn to talk about his son Tiger Shroff and explained his happiness as Tiger has portrayed himself and taking his talent to achieve success as an actor, he says, “God is kind, what else can you expect from your child! Tiger is setting an example for other kids to follow. He sleeps by 10.30 pm and is up by 6 am. He respects people and focuses on his craft. He steers clear of malice and is a man on a mission. Even for a porcupine his child is soft, so I won’t said more.”
He showed pride upon his son and said that Tiger has solid fan base. “Children love him and so do mothers, and grandmothers. I hope it always remains that’s way,” he glees to be a proud father.
Tiger recently revealed that he bought a 8 bedroom house for his family which he tough was important, to this Jackie became emotional and said, it as an “emotional moment”, quick to add that they never wanted it. “But Tiger thought we should have a house and has been slogging to make the dream come true,” and adds he is moved by his son’s gesture.
Talking about Tiger’s long-time girlfriend, who has been spotted together frequently, Jackie said “He found his first friend who is a girl at 25, till then he never looked around. They share the same passions, dance and workout together. She comes from a family of army officers, so she understands the value of discipline. Who knows they may get married in future or remain friends for life, for now they are just friends.”
They also moved to talk about Daughter Krishna and said though she was offered with opportunities for films, she denies as she is not camera ready. “Krishna learnt film-making for two years and made the documentary Black Sheep. Then, she taught kindergarten kids for a year, going on to assist on Tiger’s ‘Munna Michael’ and teach basketball at a sports academy,” added the father. He further added, the natural born athlete is into Mixed Martial Arts. “She’s the student of the year in sports,” he signs off on a guffaw.