Jai Kishan Kakubhai “Jackie Shroff” (born 1 February 1957) is an Indian actor. He has been in the Hindi cinema (Bollywood) industry for almost four decades and as of 2017 has appeared in more than 220 films in eleven languages. (Hindi, Konkani, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Bhojpuri and Gujarati)
Shroff was born Jai Krishan Kakubhai Shroff in Udgir, Bombay State, India. His father, Kakulal Harilal Shroff, was a Gujarati Hindu and his mother, Amrita Kakulal (“Rita”) Shroff (née Hurunnisa Muratovna Mashurova), was a Uyghur from Kazakhstan. In an interview in 2017 with Rajya Sabha TV, Shroff described the circumstances in which his parents came to Mumbai. In the early 1900s, his grandmother, a Uyghur from Xinjiang, escaped to Ladakh as a refugee along with her seven daughters when there was a coup in their native land. They earned a subsistence by selling rice pearls (Yaarkandi), a Uyghur meal that originates from Yarkand, and were always travelling. They thus migrated to Lahore, thence to Delhi, and finally to Bombay. In Bombay Shroff’s mother met his father, who was an astrologer for Dhirubhai Ambani and Nattulal Ambani. His father came from a Gujarati family of merchants and traders, however they lost their money in the stock market and his father had to leave home at the age of 17. His father met his mother when both were teenagers, they fell in love and got married. Together the extended family lived in a 30 ft by 30 ft room in a chawl in the Teen Batti area of Malabar Hill, Mumbai, where 30 people shared 3 bathrooms
Before entering the film industry, Shroff was a local toughie. However, as a toddler, Shroff relates that he was rather scared, especially when he saw his elder brother drown and die when he himself was just ten. This incident had a lasting impact on Shroff and it was his mother who protected him all this while. Shroff has no siblings. As a youngster, he modelled in a few advertisements including Savage perfumes. It was one of his classmates in school who gave Shroff his name “Jackie” and then film maker Subhash Ghai stuck to this name when he launched him in the film Hero. Shroff revisits his childhood home in Teen Batti every week.
Shroff dropped out of college after his 11th standard as they did not have much money. He started working as a travel agent in a local company called “Trade Wings” near Jehangir art gallery. An advertising agency accountant spotted him at the bus stand and asked him if he would be interested in modeling. The next day, Shroff went to the advertising agency (National advertising agency) located in the same building as Davar’s college near Flora fountain for the photo shoot during his lunch time. This photo shoot for a suiting shirting launched Shroff on his modelling path. In 1982, Shroff made his acting debut in Dev Anand‘s movie Swami Dada. In 1983, Subhash Ghai cast him in lead role for the movie Hero, paired against Meenakshi Seshadri. The film was a success. He continued to work in Subhash Ghai movies, irrespective of any role that was offered. After Hero, he did several other films, amongst which Andar Baahar. Jaanoo and Yudh were successful. In 1986 he did Karma which became the highest-grossing film of 1986. His next film to be released was Kaash. Later films, such as Dahleez and Sachché Ká Bol-Bálá were critically acclaimed, but failed at the box office. But he came back to success through films such as Ram Lakhan, Tridev and Parinda, which won him filmfare award for best actor. In the 90s he was part of successful films such as Saudagar, Angaar, Gardish, Khalnayak, 1942 a love story, Rangeela, Agnisakshi and Border.
Shroff married his longtime girlfriend Ayesha Dutt, a model who later became a film producer, on her birthday, 5 June 1987. The couple run a media company Jackie Shroff Entertainment Limited. They jointly owned 10% shares in Sony TV from its launch until 2012, when they sold their stake and ended their 15-year-long association with Sony TV. They have two children, a son, Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff and daughter, Krishna.
He is life member of the International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television
He has received Doctor of Arts for his valuable contribution in the field of Cinema from the Invertis University.
He has an organic farm, where he grows organic plants, trees and herbs. Jackie attended the opening of the environment Jaldhaara Foundation.Award ceremony participation
Shroff was a judge on the magic show India’s Magic Star, broadcast on Indian channel Star One. The show began on 3 July 2010 and ended on 5 September 2010. He participated in the Hiru Golden Film Awards 2016 in Sri Lanka as a special guest along with Bollywood actors such as Sunil Shetty, Neil Nitin Mukesh, and actresses Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit and Karishma Kapoor.
Action, Comedy, Drama