You might have watched Khalnayak. Your favourites might include Hulchul. Parinda, Rangeela, Ram Lakhan and Border; these are iconic movies that received love from almost every cinemagoer in India. Can you imagine all these films without the actor who is popular for his immense contribution to Indian Cinema? I am talking about Jackie Shroff who is not only a hero on-screen but off-screen too.
In the article, we’ll talk about Jackie Shroff’s journey from rags to riches and how his work for social and environmental causes makes him different from others.
Jackie’s heroic journey
Actor Jackie Shroff turns 65 today. Ever since he began working in the entertainment industry, he has worked in films and web series without taking a break. What makes him unique is his journey that makes us believe that he is a superstar in his own right. Coming from an ordinary family, Jackie Shroff’s journey to becoming a Bollywood star is inspiring. Just like his films, the actor’s personal life has been filled with drama, emotion, and whatnot.
Living in a chawl in Mumbai, he grew up in poverty. He was referred to as Jaggu Dada by his neighbours. Due to the financial condition of the family, he left his studies worked hard to become a cook and flight attendant.
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In several interviews, Jackie has been seen recalling the incident when a man offered him to do modelling when he was waiting for the bus to arrive at a bus stand in Mumbai. The man had asked, “Will you do modelling?” To which Jackie replied, “Paisa Dega kya (will you give me money).”
Jackie started his career with the film Hero (1983) and became a star overnight. But he lived in the chawl for a long time even after the massive success of the film. Even the producers and directors used to wait in queue outside his house to offer him a film.
Jackie Shroff- a philanthropist
Apart from his filmy career, the actor has been actively involved in supporting various environmental and social causes. He is the brand ambassador of Thalassemia India and financial aids to underprivileged people suffering from this disease. He has supported many causes including HIV/AIDS awareness and abolishment of female foeticide.
Moreover, Jackie has also funded the treatment and education of many deprived children. From planting trees to donating an ambulance, he has been seen involved in waging war against social malpractices. For the unversed, Jackie Shroff also owns an organic farm, where he grows organic plants, herbs, and trees.
Be it personal or professional, the actor has never disappointed his fans and thus, he is a superstar of all times.
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