Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I want to work with Gulzar saab again: Jimmy Shergill

Jimmy Shergill maachis interview

It's hard to come by actors, who can pull off every genre with such brisk ease, you can never get enough. The abundantly gifted Jimmy Sheirgill, who's come a long way from Maachis and dished out films as assorted as A Wednesday, Yahaan, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster, says this is just the beginning. In a quick interview, Sheirgill talks to me about the kind of films he enjoys doing, what he thinks about the "underrated" tag, his upcoming films and more! 

You've experimented with different films. What genre do you enjoy the most?

I like light-hearted films. There's so much pressure on you all the time and then you do these intense roles, it just adds up. Somewhere while making these lighter films, you laugh, have a good time, enjoy with your co-actors and then you make other people laugh. Vo baat alag hai ki (It's another thing that) I'm always offered really intense, serious roles, and these roles and scripts are so good, one can't say a no.

Did you always want to act?
Yeah. Once I went to Bombay for my acting classes I knew this is what I wanted to do. When I was In Bombay, I got to know that Gulzar saab was making a film (Maachis) and I went to meet him. I thought even if he took me in his team I would get to learn -- production, direction or anything, as a student of cinema. But somewhere he saw something in me and offered me one of the characters in the film. That's where it all started. 

Which has been the toughest role/character to portray so far?
Quite a few. But the toughest was Saheb Biwi aur Gangster 2, where I was restricted to this wheelchair. I wondered how much can one do. But Tigmanshu (Dhulia) was very confident that we'd work this out. He assured me he would not make it look boring and I've always believed in him. Finally, when the film got made the kind of reviews we received from both the audiences and the critics were so encouraging.

What are you working on next?
Right now Tigmanshu is shooting for something else but let's hope he quickly gets the script of Part 3 (Saheb Biwi aur Gangster) ready. The work is going on. He needs to finish the script and then decide when we begin shooting. I'm really looking forward to it. Then there is Anand Rai's Tanu Weds Manu 2

A director you'd like to work with? 
I'm already working with Tigmanshu, Anand Rai. Then there is Soojit Sircar, Rahul Dholakia, Neeraj Pandey. These directors did their first films with me and I'm happy that all of them are big film-makers today. But Gulzar saab is somebody I want to work with again. I did my first film with him and really wish he makes another film and I'm a part of it.

You're one of the most versatile yet the most under-rated actors we have today...
It's better to be called 'underrated' than to be called somebody who doesn't deserve it. I feel good about it. I take it as a compliment.

Would you like to venture outside of acting, may be writing or directing? 
I'm very much enjoying this phase where I'm doing these different characters. I think it's just the beginning. I would not want to venture into anything else as of now

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