Actor Jimmy Shergill, who is known for movies like Mohabbatein, recently completed his 25 years in Bollywood. In an interview with RJ Siddharth Kannan, the actor opened up about his struggle to get roles in the movies. He didn’t have any Godfather in the industry nor did he get roles served on a platter. Jimmy didn’t enjoy the luxury to wait for lead roles and hence did very other interesting roles he was offered.
The actor said, “Mera toh iss industry mein koi nahi tha toh mujhe isi tareeke se apna career dikha, ki kahin kuch interesting mila woh kar liya, yeh nahi socha ki main sirf hero hi karunga aur uske baad phir do saal ghar pe baitha reh gaya. Woh sab luxury mere paas nahi thi isliye mujhe woh saare roles choose karne pade jo maine kiye finally (I did not have a godfather in this industry so I just took up any interesting roles that came my way. I did not think that I would only play the hero and then sat at home for two years waiting. I did not have that luxury, so I chose the roles I ended up doing).”
Further, he added, “Kai baar log mereko poochte hai, ‘Aapko kya zaroorat thi? Aap achcha bhala hero ka role kar rahe the. Aapko yeh chhota role karne ki kya zaroorat thi? Usse aap typecast ho gaye, uss wajah se aapko aise roles milte hai’ (People often ask me why I took up small roles after playing the lead role and tell me that I got typecast in supporting roles). I turn around and say, ‘Boss, at that point of time, that was the best option for me and I chose it and I went ahead and did it. I am proud and glad that I did that.’ That’s how it has been, it’s not that I have got anything on a platter.”
Jimmy made his acting debut with the 1996 movie, Maachis. Later, he was seen in movies like Munna Bhai MBBS, Hum Tum, Eklavya, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, and many more. He was also seen in web series like ‘Rangbaaz’ and ‘Your Honour’.