Mumbai: Remember that cute boy with a little beard from Chapa Chapa Charkha Chale (Machis)? Yes, here we are talking about birthday boy Jimmy Shergill. Well, the 46-year-old star went on to give impactful performances in movies like Sahi Biwi Aur Gangster, Tanu Weds Manu and A Wednesday.
From Jasjit Singh Gill to Jimmy Shergill, here’s a look at the versatile characters he played in his 20-year-old career in Bollywood.
1) Nachiket Verma- Madaari
Jimmy Shergil aced his police avatar in the movie alongside Irfan Khan. His calm and composed character - sporting a walrus styled moustache and glasses - balanced Irfan’s rather disturbed, dejected role. Jimmy sums up the movie theme in two dialogues:
“People don’t expect rulers to have commoners’ fate,” and “Ghatna ke baad sab Gyaani ban jaate hai”.
2) Hrithik - Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar
Jimmy gave a flawless performance as a rich spoilt brat who is hopelessly in love with a middle-class girl. With his chocolate boy looks, he gave us lifesaving, money-can’t-buy-everything gyaan:
"Joh cheez bikau na ho aap sirf uska daam laga sakte hai ... uski keemat nahi chuka sakte".
3) Arif Khan- A Wednesday
Only an actor like Jimmy could have pulled off the role of a cop whose anger and strong personality was tough enough to make a guy pee in his pants. This film is once again summed up by Jimmy who says:
“Ek aam aadmi ki thodi si hil gayi aur voh tum logo ko rok hi nai raha hai balki thok bhi raha hai”
4) Colonel Viren Nanda- Bang Bang
Though seen for a limited period of time in the movie Bang Bang, Jimmy Shergil plays a good guy. Defining the patriotism in its truest sense, he says:
“Joh desh ke liye ladte hai ... unki maut ka countdown unki pehli saans ke saath shuru ho jaata hai”
5) Victor D’souza- Lage Raho Munnabhai
Honesty is the best policy- Victor taught us how to rise when everything you try becomes unsuccessful. The dialogue - where he confesses to his father - made our eyes wet. And all of us got impressed by his sheer simplicity in the movie.
6) Rohit Khanna- Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai
He loses the girl at the end of the movie, again! His character fits the bill of being a perfect son-in-law. Jimmy did become a household name after this movie with his sanskari image. He gives a key lesson which we often tend to ignore when taking important life decisions. So next time you want to take a decision consider this dialogue :
“Zindagi ke bade bade faisle in choti choti baaton se nahi liye jaate”
To sum up Jimmy Shergill’s contribution to Indian cinema, a dialogue from his movie Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns fits perfectly:
“Hamara itihaas hai aur hum kal bhi itihaas banayenge”