Jackie Shroff readying for new innings, shedding weight

Mumbai: Guess who is trying to get into shape? Jackie Shroff has been asked to get rid of the extra baggage for his role of a 40-year-old father in a film called `Life`s Good`.

Jackie, once sinewy, has put on a lot of weight.

"I want Jackie Shroff to be the sexiest dad ever seen in our films," said the film`s director Ananth Mahadevan.

"Notwithstanding some of the roles he has done in recent times, Jackie is a star. You can tell he is one when he walks into a room. I want `Life`s Good` to be the perfect re-launch for Jackie," he added.

Jackie, 51, entered Bollywood in the early 1980s and gave hits like `Hero`, `Teri Meherbaniyan`, `Karma`, `Ram Lakhan`, `Tridev`, `Parinda` and `Gardish`.

In the recent past, he was seen in not-so-successful films like "Kisaan" and "Veer".

Besides the fact that "Life`s Good" is designed to bring Jackie into the reckoning as a dependable middle-aged actor, the interesting aspect of the role is that it requires the actor to play a father to a daughter in three different stages of her life.

A frantic hunt is on for three different girls from different age groups who would look convincing as Jackie`s daughter. The shooting is to begin this month and the actresses are yet to be found.

"I need three actresses aged 6, 13 and 20 who not only look like Jackie`s daughter but also resemble one another in speech, body language, height and other physical details since they`ll be playing the same character. It`s a tough call. We`re working on it," said Mahadevan who directed films like `Dil Vil Pyar Vyar`, `Aksar` and `Red Alert`.

"We are looking at dozens of new faces. Jackie too is helping. He`s very excited about the role," he added.


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