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Born as Jai Kishan Kakubhai Shroff, Bollywood actor, Jackie Shroff is one of the most versatile actors in the Bollywood industry. Having been in the industry for four decades, Jackie had started his career by modelling in a few commercials. However, it was in 1983 that Indian filmmaker, Subhash Ghai launched Jackie with his famous movie, Hero. On one of his friend’s suggestions, he had changed his name to Jackie Shroff before the launch.
Jackie Shroff has a persona of his own. The man who never shies away from helping anyone, and is a true gentleman in real-life. He is a kind-hearted person from the inside and a true family man in his personal life. When Jackie was 10 years old, his brother had died at the age of 17 and he has no other siblings. Recently, the actor talked about his brother's death by drowning in the sea.
In a conversation with Twinkle Khanna on her Tweak India platform, Jackie Shroff talked about how people make fun of astrology and shared how certain predictions made by his father had turned out to be true. Recalling the day his brother had drowned in the sea, Jackie stated:
" My brother died when I was 10. He was 17. He tried to save somebody. He drowned. That’s the way life is, we’ve all seen this. Dil mein reh jaate hain, photo reh jaate hain. Bhai ko bola tha, ‘aaj kharab din hai, mat jaana bahar. He used to work at Century Mills. He was a mill hand. He said ‘Don’t go to your mill today.’ And he didn’t go. But he went down to save somebody in the sea, and drowned, without knowing how to swim.”
Further in the conversation, Jackie cited some more examples of his father's predictions and shared how his father had told him that he would become an actor and added:
"When he said, it’s a bad day, my brother died. He told me that I’d become an actor, I have become an actor. He was close to Natubhai Ambani and Kakilaben Ambani and had told her, ‘your husband will be a big man one day’. Dhirubhai used to say, “gandho thayo che.”
Jackie had recently appeared in the Netflix series, Call My Agent. In the film, when a filmmaker tries to make him shoot with dogs he quits the film over his fear of dogs. Calling it a true story, Jackie revealed that he is afraid of not just dogs but many things, and added:
“I was like a scared little guy. I used to get scared of firecrackers. I used to run under the bed. My mum really gave me strength.”
For the unversed, Jackie Shroff’s mother, Rita Shroff had died of a stroke in 2014. Talking about the same, in an interview with a leading daily, Jackie had revealed that he had loved his mother too much and had dreamt about her thrice a week. The Aaina actor had said:
“My mom got a stroke and I didn’t know. When we lived in a small room at Teen Batti, if she coughed I could hear and could immediately say, ‘Kya hua mom, kya hua pa?’ When we moved to a bigger house in Bandra, mom had her room, papa had his room and I had mine and so I came to know in the morning that she had died. If I’d come to know in the night I could have taken her to the hospital. Toh kya mila, kya gaya maloom nahin, samjha na bhau? I loved my mom too much. But I always ask myself that if I loved her so much, why didn’t I burn myself with her. I get vivid dreams about my mother thrice a week. I go to my old house in my dreams and go sit with her and press her feet, sitting down besides her.”
On the work front, Jackie Shroff was last seen in the Netflix series, Call My Agent.