Actor Jimmy Sheirgil is Bollywood’s quintessential guy- who-never-gets-the-girl. And every time he’s abandoned by the heroine, social media users have a field day cracking jokes . This time, the actor lost out on Diana Penty in his recent release, Happy Bhaag Jayegi. Seemingly tired of this joke, the actor says, “Out of 100 films, if in four I didn’t get the girl, it’s barely a ratio to conclude anything,” he says.
It started with Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002) when Jimmy Sheirgill gets friendzoned by Preity Zinta, followed by Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai where he lets his fiance walk away with her best friend Uday Chopra a night before the wedding. The joke only got more intense with Tanu Weds Manu and Tanu Weds Manu: Returns where Sheirgill loses Kangana Ranaut to R Madhavan not once, but twice. And Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster had him getting shot by his wife’s lover. Not to forget films such as Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, Lage Raho Munnahi, Bang Bang, Bullet Raja, Dangerous Ishq and Tom, Dick & Harry where Sherigill never had the luck of even having a female co-star. “It’s not a big deal. It was a joke we laughed along with and it’s time it needs to get over,” he says.
The 46-year-old actor plays much younger roles than his age and he does justice to them. While this drastic shift in the choice of roles has surprised audiences, the actor says he’s been doing this since the beginning. “Sometimes you are working on a few films together for a year or two and they all get completed around the same time. And then suddenly one particular year, they start releasing one by one. That’s exactly happening with me, so it’s fair for people to think that way,” says the actor.
After films like Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, Tanu Weds Manu, Madaari and Shorgul, it must have been a thoughtful decision to switch to younger roles again. “When you are doing younger roles, you want to do matured ones and look different. I’ve been through that phase wherein I was doing serious projects and then there was an urge to get back to that young image. As an actor, I also look for some kind of excitement,” says Sheirgill
The actor who started his career with Maachis (1998) and later Mohabbatein (2000) says he never tried to get in that zone where he becomes stagnant, so he would constantly look for work to reinvent himself. “After a few weeks of Mohabbatein, my chocolate boy image was all over the town. I got so sick of it and desperately wanted to break away. Hence, films such as Haasil, Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar, Bas Ek Pal, Charas, Yahan, Munnabhai etc came up, which helped set me apart. Finally audience realised I can do intense and angry young man kind of roles too,” he adds.
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