Jackie Shroff aka Jaggu dada (as everyone fondly addresses him) is a true rag to riches story. The seasoned actor has always been loud and proud of where he hails from. Coming from a Gujarati father and a Turkish mother the family lived through a lot of hardships and the actor used to live in a Mumbai chawl in Teen Batti at Malabar Hill. Bhidu as he calls all his near and dear ones is unapologetically himself at all times. Not many would know this about the actor but he has had a very humble upbringing. Today Jackie lives his wife Ayesha Shroff and children- Tiger and Krishna Shroff in one swanky sea-facing residence in Bandra. But the Romeo Akbar Walter actor never shies away from reminiscing the good old times.
Recently, he visited Sony Entertainment Television’s dance competition show, Super Dancer Chapter 3. He was pleasantly surprised to see a plethora of talent giving out world-class performances on his superhit songs. During one of the acts, Jackie got a little emotional hearing about the hardships Dehradun’s 11-year-old Akshit Bhandari faced and revealed that he shared a very similar background. He could absolutely relate to the contestant’s mother and admired her for her brilliant upbringing and strength.
Talking about his struggling days, Jackie Shroff revealed, “I have also stayed in a chawl for 33 years of my life. We were 30 of us, with only 7 flats and 3 bathrooms. My mother had to sell utensils and sarees to pay my school fees. But, what we need is magic within ourselves and we can achieve anything no matter where we come from. Years later, despite becoming a hero, I still happened to live there for a few more years since I was so emotionally attached to the place.”
The rest of the judges felt a little tinge of dismay on hearing about his past and the struggles he had faced back then. But despite it all, he smilingly said something that touched everyone’s heart on the set. He said, “Tabhi gham kam tha, jab kamre kam the.” What we love about Jackie Shroff is that he is just not a star in the world of cinema but in real life too, for his humble demeanor. We need more inspirational people in our lives like Jaggu da. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more interesting updates from Bollywood.