Jackky is no F.A.L.T.U.

The title of his latest film sure does not describe Jackky Bhagnani aptly. There is much more to this industry kid, who claims he is a genuine person

When it comes to stardom, Jackky Bhagnani is no Hrithik Roshan, but that does not lessen the pressures he has to face, being a star son. “Pressure is always there,” he says, as he awaits the release of his second film, F.A.L.T.U. “Fortunately, I have lots of friends who are actors and that helps me cope. The challenge is in delivering the best I can.”

Surely, it must be really irritating to deal with talk that he got a chance to enter Bollywood only because his father (Vashu Bhagnani) is one of the biggest producers in the business…. Both his films – debut Kal Kissne Dekha and F.A.L.T.U.have been produced by his dad. “I’ve learnt to handle it. I simply tell them, ‘Yes, it is my dad who does the dancing, the action scenes, works out for two hours every day to stay in shape, and reports on the sets early in the morning’. What can I do if I was born in this family?”

Jackyy puts his faith in the audience. “Eventually people will know who I am, when they see my work. I am a positive person. The audience is smart. They will like you or not like you based on your film, not because whose son you are or not.”

He has already convinced one co-star – Chandan Roy Sanyal. “Chandan and I became good friends during the shoot. One night, we were just sitting and talking and he told me how he too always thought that star sons always have it easier, but after working with me he realised that I work just as hard as him, struggle just as hard as he does. We both have our struggles, though they may be different. We should respect that.”

And why not? Work hard he has. Jackky weighed 130 kg before he decided he wanted to be an actor. “My father being a successful businessman, I could have taken the easy way out and junked on food and simply gone to his office every day. But acting is a passion for me. I believed that I could do what is necessary to get in shape. I am thankful that God gave me the channel and determination to do that. So, I got in shape, studied acting in New York and learnt to dance.”

He is not bogged down with worries about F.A.L.T.U. going the Kal Kissne Dekha way. “I am confident that Remo (D’Souza, director) has made an excellent film. There were a lot of other factors during Kal Kissne Dekha ‘s release, especially the multiplex strike and the standoff between multiplexes and producers. The film’s release date had to be changed four times. Then the script wasn’t very good. That’s not the case with F.A.L.T.U.

Jackyy says he has learnt a lot from the character he played in the film. “I’ve acquired a whole positive attitude from my character. He is the type who does things without bothering about consequences, but always manages to find a way out of a problem.”

So, is that how he is in real life too? “To some extent. We tend to get so bogged down by what will happen tomorrow or what someone will say that we forget to live life to the fullest,” he says. And that’s not how he wants to live. “People will accept you whether you are good or bad, if you are genuine. And they know exactly how you are. I am a genuine person. I have no façade whether good or bad. I don’t see the point in being fake. I have to be honest, only then will people accept me.”