Saturday, November 29, 2008

Where's my Jackie Shroff gone?

Jackie Shroff has always been my greatest influence. While growing up as a gawky teenager in Dubai, I practically gorged on his movies for most of my adolescence. Jaggu Dada had a dream debut with Subhash Ghai's 'Hero' and was an instant hit with the audiences. He then went on to star in hit movies that include 'Karma', 'Andhar Baahar', 'Kaash', 'Yudh', 'Parinda', 'Ram Lakhan', 'Tridev', '1942: A Love Story', 'Rangeela', 'Khalnayak' and 'Agnisakshi'.

In the late-nineties, Jackie started accepting all offers that came his way. He never chose to verify the credibility of scripts and ended up in horrible movies with bit roles. Currently, Jackie's star power has diminished completely and he has lost favor with most prominent directors, including Subhash Ghai.

His transition from saleable star to 'supporting actor' status has been swift and heartbreaking. Didn't Jackie ever think about his fans when he took roles in disastrous movies? Can we expect him to get strong and meaty roles in the future?

As for me, I have cherished memories of Jaggu that will keep me going. Jackie, wish you all the best!

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