He's considered one of Bollywood's most affable stars. So much so, Jackie Shroff is open to fielding questions about everything under the sun including his take on the opposite sex, his own sexuality, his family life, his financial difficulties and then perhaps, his film career! This has been the story of his life, ever since Jackie graduated from being a small-time 'dada' at Teenbatti (in South Bombay) to a popular model, till finally, Dev Anand picked him up for a minor part in 'Swami Dada' (1982).
Following which, Subhash Ghai picked him up for the part of an unkempt goon-turned-virtuous 'Hero' (1983). This romantic musical co-starring Meenakshi Seshadri sent the cash registers ringing and promptly turned Jackie into the hottest newcomer on the block. Finally, it was Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 'Parinda' that changed Jackie's 'wooden' image and even fetched him a 'Best Actor' Filmfare award! But Jackie displayed very little prudence in his selection of films and picked up just about anything that came his way (unlike Anil, who was always choosy). As a result, he registered more flops than hits _ many of them being B-grade projects.
In the meantime, the star had formed his own company, Jackie Shroff Entertainment Limited (JSEL) and produced a film called 'Grahan', which was directed by his friend, Shashilal Nair.This was three years ago. But 'Grahan' is still waiting in the cans for a theatre release. Jackie has kept himself busy doing everything from signing several Mithun Chakraborty quickies to anchoring a television show called 'Missing'.
It is also heard that he's is now prepared to go back to doing what he started off with _ playing the villain. Given his easygoing disposition and 'nice guy' image, wonder how he's going to fit the bill. But who knows, he might just pull this gamble off too _ like he's done several times in the past.