What does Jackie Shroff think of Rs 100-crore films?

The Parinda actor isn’t surprised that the BO collections of films these days are showing a meteoric rise

Jackie Shroff has been around for a long time and has seen perhaps three generations of filmmakers and superstars grow up. We were really impressed when we met Jackie at the trailer launch of his new film, Cover Story. He looked dapper and was in his element, joking with the media and happily posing for the shutterbugs. Tongue firmly in cheek he asked an enthusiastic photographer, “Itna photo le raha hai, ghar pe lagayega kya?” (You are taking so many photographs, are you going to paste them on the walls of your home?)

Everybody started laughing and the tone for the evening was set. Jackie was asked if he was comfortable doing bold scenes at this stage in his career. He said, “Koney mein kiya toh theek hai, do sau log ke saamne karne mein haalat kharaab ho jaati hai.” (Doing it (bold scene) in a lonely corner is okay, but doing the same in front of 200 people unnerves me). We asked him about the recent phenomenon of Rs 100cr films. He shrugged it off with, “In a country with a population exceeding 100 crores, that’s the least business a film should do at the BO.” We like Jaggu Dada’s sense of humour and wish him all the luck for Cover Story.

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