Although this actor became a popular movie star, he stayed grounded and lived in chawl for 33 years.
In the world of glitz and glamour, only a few actors continued to remain unchanged, grounded, and unapologetically carefree. Here's an artiste who rose from the ground and went on to achieve heights of stardom. Although this actor became a popular movie star, he continued to stay connected with his roots. Did you recognise the child in the photo? He's none other than the Bhidu of Bollywood, Jackie Shroff.
Jackie Shroff's humble beginnings
Jaikishan Kakubhai Shroff aka Jackie was born in Mumbai, to a Gujarati father and a Turkmen mother. Jackie Shroff dropped out of junior college after finishing his 11th class. Jackie was raised in a neighbourhood in the Teen Batti area of Mumbai. In childhood, he fought many street fights for his friends and often got beat up.
Jackie Shroff remained unchanged even after becoming a movie star
Jackie made his first screen appearance with a minor role in Dev Anand's Swami Dada. After Swami Dada, director-producer Subhash Ghai gave him his first leading role opposite debutant Meenakshi Seshadri in Hero (1983). The love drama was a hit, and Bollywood got a new macho star, Jackie Shroff.
Even after Jackie attained stardom, he chose to stay in his chawl. While speaking to Mukesh Khanna on his YouTube channel, Jackie revealed that the chawl had shared toilets, and the neighbourhood had dedicated one toilet to him. Jackie further revealed that he would have meetings with producers outside the toilet. "Producers would come and sit on two boxes that we’d arranged as a meeting place. One box in the middle was our table. You could see Marine Drive in front, my house in the back, and my bathroom on the side."
Jackie lived in chawl for 33 years, and would often recall his early life as an actor in several interviews. In a viral clip, Jackie revealed how his mother would immediately know if he’d fallen ill because they were living in such a cramped space. However, when they moved to a bigger house, the walls came between them, and the actor didn’t realise his mother had died in the next room until the morning. On the work front, Jackie was last seen in Rajinikanth's Jailer.