Jackie dropped out of school after his 11th standard as his family did not have much money. He worked hard to be an apprentice chef at Taj Hotels and as a flight attendant at Air India, but he was rejected from both places because of his lack of qualifications. What happened later in his life was magical. Let’s check out his journey here.
Jackie was born in Mumbai on February 1, 1957, in a Gujarati speaking family. His father Kakubhai Shroff was an astrologer while his mother Rita was a Turk by ethnicity. Jackie was only 10 when his elder brother, Hemant Shroff passed away. His father had asked Hemant not to step out of the house on that day. But he went out anyway and drowned, trying to save another kid.
Whoever knew a random meeting at the bus stand would prove to be so fruitful? An advertising agency accountant spotted him at the bus stand and asked if he would be interested in modeling. The next day, Shroff was at the advertising agency (National advertising agency) located right above Davar's college for the photo shoot during his lunchtime. This photo shoot for a suiting and shirting company launched Shroff on his modeling path.
Jackie later graduated from being a small-time 'dada' at Teenbatti (in South Bombay) to a popular model. Dev Anand picked him up for a minor part in Swami Dada (1982), following which Subhash Ghai launched him in the role of a dada-turned-hero opposite Meenakshi Sheshadri in Hero (1983).
Hero (1983) was a major box-office hit and Jackie Shroff instantly established himself in the big league. He was often paired with Anil Kapoor as both had started their careers together. The duo gave a number of hits like Andar Bahar (1984), Yudh (1985), Karma (1986), Ram Lakhan (1989) & Parinda (1989).
Though Jackie gave a few solo hits like Teri Meherbaniyan (1985), he was more successful in two-hero projects. He gained recognition from audiences as well as critics for his performances after his big brother acts in Ram Lakhan (1989) and Parinda (1989).
He gave notable performances in Angaar (1992) and King Uncle (1992). His portrayal of a common man taking on the criminal elements in society in Gardish (1993) is considered his best work till date.
Jackie is known to be one of the most stylish film personalities and his close association with designer Anna Singh has helped him maintain his style and persona. He is also known in the industry for his philanthropic efforts for the less fortunate.
He married his longtime girlfriend, Ayesha Dutt in 1987 and has two children - Son Jai (also known as Tiger) and daughter Krishna.
He formed a Production Company, named Jackie Shroff Entertainment Limited with wife Ayesha and produced Grahan (2000), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai (2000), Boom (2003) & Sandhya (2003) but did not find much success as a producer.
He has been in the Hindi cinema (Bollywood) industry for almost four decades and as of 2017 has appeared in more than 220 films in 13 languages. (Hindi, Konkani, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, and English).
Some of the famous roles done by Jackie Shroff were that of the freedom fighter “Shubhankar” in 1942: A Love Story (1994), “Raj Kamal” a famous actor in Rangeela (1995), “Ram Sinha” a cop in Khalnayak (1993) and “Chunnilal” in the film Devdas (2002). In 2006, Shroff acted in the children's film Bhoot Uncle.
In 2017, Shroff made his debut in Konkani film industry by acting in the film Soul Curry. He is now also acting in another Konkani film scheduled to release later this year, titled Kantaar.
In October 2018, he acted in a short film, The Playboy Mr. Sawhney. He was also seen in Paltan. He will be seen in many films in 2019, like Firrkie, Bharat, Saaho, and Romeo Akbar Walter.
Shroff also has an organic farm where he grows plants, trees and herbs. Jackie attended the opening of the Jaldhaara Foundation. He is also the brand ambassador of Thalassemia India and over the years has supported many causes like HIV/AIDS awareness and abolishment of female infanticide. He has also funded the treatment and education of many underprivileged children.