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The hero who aspired to become a villain

Madhur Tankha
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Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff.File Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma
Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff.File Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Three decades ago, he bagged an inconsequential role of a baddie to make his debut as an actor in Swami Dada . Now, the versatile Jackie Shroff is playing a don in K.C. Bokadia’s big budget film Dirty Politics .

“A long-cherished dream will now be finally realised. Though I made my debut as a villain, it was a short role. And I have played a hero all my life. In Dirty Politics , I am finally getting a chance to play Mukhtiar Pathan, a don.”

To bring Pathan alive on the big screen, Jackie has borrowed a leaf from his younger days when he was known as Jaggu Dada, which he candidly confess.

“At Mukhtiar Pathan’s beck and call, thousands of people assemble in no time. So, one fine day, he decides to test the political waters. ”

Jackie says he has always admired tall, well-built actors who excelled as villains .

The actor, whose favourite shooting destination abroad is Mauritius, is now planning to make a film in the serene island country beginning early next year.

“My film would be produced by none other than the Minister of Arts and Culture Mookhesswur Choonee. He is a terrific actor himself. I will encourage Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan to take advantage of the Mauritius Government’s Board of Investment’s recent announcement on the film rebate scheme.”

Shedding light on the film rebate scheme, the actor said: “Under this scheme, film producers can avail of 30 per cent refund on all qualifying production expenditures incurred on their projects in Mauritius.”

“This way, whatever I have learnt working with some of the finest filmmakers would be put to good use. A film institute can be opened there and actors and filmmakers from the Hindi film industry can deliver lectures.”

The actor, who has a long association with this multi-ethnic country, is happy that Mauritians, whose forefathers came as indentured labourers from Tamil Nadu and Bihar, are doing well in their respective professions.

“Once Indian filmmakers start shooting in Mauritius, budding actors would start getting roles and technicians would get jobs. Having shot my films here, I am confident that the Bombay work culture can be adopted there.”


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