Jimmy Shergill is one of our industry’s most talented actors. Shergilljust celebrated 25 years in the industry, and on this occasion, he discussed his various positions. In an interview with radio host Siddharth Kannan, the Tanu Weds Manu actor confessed that he did not have the luxury of waiting for hero roles to come to him. He didn’t want to limit himself to solely playing main roles, so he took on anything fascinating that came his way. Perhaps this explains why the actor has played some of the most memorable characters in film history.
Jimmy made his Maachis debut in 1996. In 2000, he was recognised for his role in the Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan film Mohabbatein. He was never afraid to take on supporting roles. Jimmy was asked how he managed to stay in the industry for two and a half decades in an interview with Pinkvilla. He immediately responded that he tries to adapt to various conditions. He always stood by his decisions and convinced himself that they were the best alternative for him at the moment.
Jimmy Sheirgill said, “Mera toh iss industry mein koi nahi tha toh mujhe isi tareeke se apna career dikha, ki kahin kuch interesting mila woh kar liya, yeh nahi socha ki main sirf hero hi karunga aur uske baad phir do saal ghar pe baitha reh gaya. Woh sab luxury mere paas nahi thi isliye mujhe woh saare roles choose karne pade jo maine kiye finally (I didn’t have anyone to support myself in the industry, so took up any interesting roles that came my way. I never had reservations and never thought that I would only play the main lead and then sit home for two years waiting. I did not have that luxury, so I chose the roles I ended up doing).”
“Kai baar log mereko poochte hai, ‘Aapko kya zaroorat thi? Aap achcha bhala hero ka role kar rahe the. Aapko yeh chhota role karne ki kya zaroorat thi? Usse aap typecast ho gaye, uss wajah se aapko aise roles milte hai’ (People often question my decision of taking up small roles after playing the lead role. They even said that I got typecast in supporting roles). I turn around and say, ‘Boss, at that point of time, that was the best option for me, and I chose it, and I went ahead and did it. I am proud and glad that I did that.’ That’s how it has been, it’s not that I have got anything on a platter,” he signed off.