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Jimmy Shergill - Past, present and future

Jimmy Shergill After essaying a wide variety of roles, Jimmy Shergill will be seen playing a love-struck mute guy in his soon to be released comic caper, Tom, Dick and Harry. Jimmy's journey in Bollywood has been a mixed bag so far. Inspite of earning praises for his performances in movies like Maachis, Yahaan and Haasil, commercial success has eluded him and he makes no bones about the fact that he strives for "commercial success, no two ways about it". Jimmy has been a loving husband and a caring father. He married his lady love, Priyanka, after five years of courtship. They've been married for four years now and are blessed with a 2 year old son, Vir.

In a candid chat with ShaadiTimes, Jimmy talks about his past, present and future in Bollywood. For trivia lovers, Jimmy's actual name is Jasjit. Read on to find out more interesting stuff.

After portraying a plethora of diverse roles, what can the viewers expect of Jimmy Shergill from 'Tom, Dick and Harry'?
You will see my funny side in this movie. I play Harry, a mute guy, who is trying to woo this pretty lass, played by Celina, but the problem is, he has to fend off some stiff competition from Tom (Dino Morea, deaf) and Dick (Anuuj Saawhney, blind). It's a movie about how these three guys go about trying their luck to win Celina's heart and what eventually happens. I have never done anything like this before and I am looking forward to this movie.


Do you think playing the role of a mute person in a comedy is easier than playing a mute person's role in a serious movie?
I don't think so. The kind of preparations I had to do to get into the character was nothing short of serious, hard work. I was nervous about playing this character, something I felt during the shoot of Munnabhai MBBS as well. Then I did not how would a dying man react to a certain situation, or what goes on in a dying man's mind, similarly, this time around too I wanted to get into the psyche of my character. We started by watching an English play, 'See no evil, Speak no evil, Hear no evil '; the storyline of which was similar to this movie. This helped me understand the character of a mute person much better. Later, Dino and I did a workshop to get minor details about our role right. The role was physically very draining, as we had to rehearse many times before the actual shot was taken. It was important because it is a comedy and being mute, I had to bring out the humour through my actions and body language.

How was the atmosphere on the sets?
There was lots of fun happening on the sets, all the time. Lots of pranks and masti . There was this one particular incident I recall - we were rehearsing a scene in which Celina is to be shown gulping down a full glass water in one go. When it was time for the actual shot, we mixed tequila shots in water and she had to gulp it all down. It was good fun, ofcourse, in good spirits.

Any dream role?
I want to act in a movie by Gulzaar sa'ab .

How was the experience of working with reputed names like Naseeruddin Shah and Vidhu Vinod Chopra? (Jimmy is doing their forthcoming movies)
Fantastic. Simply fantastic. These are directors that manage to get that extra out of you as an actor.

Jimmy's choice
Favourite cuisine: Kashmiri.
Favourite dish: Mach Kebab.
Most priced possession: My watch
Most memorable Hindi film dialogue: "Tera kya hoga, Kalia ?"
You seem to be doing quite a few Punjabi films too. Your last Punjabi film, Yaaran Naal Bahraan, which was a huge hit.
Yes, it was a very good film and got commercial success too. I am a true Punjabi and I will keep doing Punjabi films on a regular basis. I'm proud to be a Punjabi and this is my way of contributing to my community. I love Baisakhi . It has, in a way, been my lucky festival as well. Many good things have happened to me on Baisakhi. It's a festival close to my heart.

Most of your films have earned critical acclaim for you, but commercial success hasn't quite been there. Are you happy with just critical acclaim?
I want commercial success. Period. There are no two ways about it.

Sagar Patel
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