For actor Jimmy Sheirgill, starting off his career with Maachis (1996) was the best decision he had ever made. The 45-year-old actor believes that starring in the National Award Winning movie helped him choose better roles and understand filmmaking.
“I think it helped me to understand what kind of films I should do in future. I realised that I enjoyed films which have a realistic appeal to it and I think that decision has helped me choose different films through my career,” he says.
“ With Maachis and the kind of appreciation that it received, I think I grew more confident and believed that I can pull of working in films like Maachis. That’s why when I was offered Haasil (2003) or A Wednesday (2008), I immediately said yes to them, without thinking if the film will be a success or not. I never considered them as risks, because I knew people will like them,” he adds.
Sheirgill, who was recently seen in the film Madaari says that working with director Gulzar, too helped him in his career. “I had no idea about filmmaking when I started shooting for it. When you work with Gulzar sab, he will make sure that you know the entire process of filmmaking. I had to get used to the idea of facing the camera. I remember I it wasn’t too much a big deal because he made it so easy. You got involved in everything and you wanted to stay back after your scenes were done, just to see how other people do their job,” he says.