Jackie Shroff, who has been in the Hindi theater for several decades, experiences a deep sense of pride in Salman Khan, the title hero from his latest Eid release ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’. The self-made actor revealed that he was one of the first people to discover the ‘spark’ in Khan when the superstar was a dark film. A sparkle I saw at the time has become a shining star at the moment. I saw the spark when he was my assistant director in this movie called ‘Falak’. He came to give me lines or called me when a shot was ready. He read my entire opposition’s dialogues with me. “But I knew that boy was going to be a big star one day,” Shroff said in an interview with Gulf News. The year was in 1988 and Shroff – the more established and popular actor during that time – made the point of distributing Khan’s photographs to all Bollywood directors he was familiar with. It was an era in which Bollywood star publicists and executives did not exist, and casting was a matter of recommendation, fate, timing, and luck. ‘One of the directors I showed the film to gave him a film before he got’ Maine Pyaar Kiya ‘, and it was truly his opening in this film industry. I’m glad I was the person who kept him in this movie industry. The spark can not be stopped now. “I am always happy for him and he is like my brother,” said Shroff. Khan’s breakthrough romance ‘MPK’ hacked him into an instant star in Bollywood. Cut to 2021, the power dynamics between the two have changed dramatically as we see their careers. Khan at 55 still enjoys a good spot in the sun, while Shroff’s brilliance at 64 has eroded a bit over the years. But their camaraderie is still intact and they are just happy to work together. It is not surprising that Shroff is still Khan’s greatest cheerleader. “I’m so happy to work with him. They always have a role for me and this time they wanted me to do comedy. They always take care of me and his family loves me. My role is short and powerful in ‘Radhe’, “said Shroff.
Return to cinemas
The veteran star plays brother of actress Disha Patani in this festive release. According to Patani, Shroff’s son, actor Tiger Shorff, is dating casually. ‘Radhe’ is directed by Prabhu Deva, who was known for his bombastic, action-packed entertainers and co-produced by Khan’s family production house. In the UAE, this film enjoys a theatrical release, while the increase in COVID-19 cases in India has forced the producers to opt for a hybrid release in their own country of birth. Shroff is proud of the old school when it comes to his personal preference for watching a movie. The attraction of munching on popcorn in a darkened cinema hall and giving your undivided attention to a movie on the big screen is far greater than watching it alone on your computer screens, the actor believes. “Watching a movie in a cinema is a pleasure you can’t get at home. And ‘Radhe’ is a healthy entertainer. It has emotions, romance, fun moments, songs and fights … You’ll see Jackie Shroff in a light comic zone. “I used to do tough cop roles in movies like ‘Ram Lakhan’ and ‘KhalNayak,’ but here you can see how I take it easy, ‘” Shroff said. One of Bollywood’s most friendly and relaxed stars also believes that a film like ‘Radhe’ is the perfect antidote to the difficult times dominated by the pandemic. “There is so much pressure for all of us. But we are all warriors and we have survived many things – whether the World War or the plague. It will succeed too … I promise you it will be a fun movie that will be a relief to watch after this year of intense pressure, “Shroff said. In his experience, content is always the king, no matter what platform you choose to enjoy it. His broad perspective also extends to the fact that he does not take fame or success too seriously. ‘No way boss! Many great people who took themselves too seriously have disappeared. No one remembers them except their family and few friends in Bollywood. We have incredible legends like Dev [Anand] saab, Vinod Khanna – who I admired earlier – Rishi Kapoor and my favorite Irrfan Khan … So let’s learn not to take ourselves too seriously. If we came to this world, we must leave it too. Never confuse your brain by taking life too seriously. ”