It has been 32 years since he debuted as a 'Hero' and Jaikishen Kakubhai Shroff - better known as Jackie Shroff - says it is yet to sink in. To know more about him, go to www.follo.in/JackieShroff
What do you prefer being called - Jackie Shroff or Jaggu Dada?
I really don't know. What's there in a name! Some people call me Jai, while others call me Jaggu, Kishan, Jackie or Bhidu.
People say you have not changed a bit in the last 30 years. What keeps you grounded?
I think the fact that I was close to my mother and observed how she would deal with people, has kept me grounded. I didn't realise I would become an actor and then a star. That it's been 32 years and I've done so many films is yet to sink in!
Your son Tiger is a star as well...
His success makes me happy. I have seen my glory and now, it is his time. When we are together, it is obviously Tiger people look at now. When I go out, a lot of people and their tiny tots call me Tiger Shroff's daddy.
You are known for your sense of style. Who do you think is the most stylish man in the industry today?
Danny Denzongpa knows exactly what to wear on what occasion. He is one of the most immaculately dressed people we have in the industry.
Tell us about your passion for cars.
I had cars which I used to really like. Maybe I was an idiot and should have invested in apartments. I developed a passion for cars when I was a kid. I found a tyre on the street and I figured that I could roll it successfully. That made me love wheels.
After Devdas, you are sharing screen space with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Jazbaa...
It has been a long time since we worked together. Jazbaa is Aishwarya all the way. She has done a great job and is looking fantastic. I was there watching while she shot for the film and I think she has got more sparks. An actor keeps growing and she is superb.
People still talk about your chemistry with Anil Kapoor. Who else are your best friends in the industry?
My real friends are Danny Denzongpa, Dimple (Kapadia) ji and Amrita Singh. I meet Danny more often than the ladies. As far as Anil Kapoor is concerned, when we meet, we are buddies and when we don't meet, we are not buddies. We have worked together and we pass off as brothers. When there is absence of malice, you have friends all around you.
Your film Hero was remade recently...
What we did was 32 years ago. What these guys did is new. He (Sooraj Pancholi) has the innocence and a great physique. She (Athiya Shetty) is lovely. Both are my friends' kids and both my children are their friends. You don't have to compare Jackie with Sooraj or Meenakshi with Athiya. They have their own style and we had our own. We wish them all the best.
When do we see you working with Tiger? Do you intend to make films?
No, I don't. And I can't plan a film with Tiger. It will happen when it happens. I hope to see ourselves together too, so that there is some kind of memory left behind for his children!