Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff dismisses reports that he gave an interview to a Pakistani website about his sexual preference and clarifies that he is not gay.
"Can you believe it? Bas ab yehi baqi reh gaya tha. Logon ko kaam-dhanda nahin hai. Bas, yehi sab… For the record, I've never spoken to any journalist on this subject and certainly made no such declaration. Main pagal hoon kya," he said.
"In any case, what's the big deal about sexual preference? If one is gay, one is gay. If I was, I'd have no qualms in accepting it. But the fact is, I am most certainly not. And I'm surprised at the audacity of the journalist who cooked up this imaginary scandal," added the 54-year-old.
"My wife (Ayesha) and I had a good laugh over this. I just looked at her and she looked at me. We burst out laughing...."
The Hero star says that instead of talking about this absurd nonsense about his sexuality, people should remember Bollywood legend Dev Anand, who died last week.
"It's so sad. The entertainment industry has just suffered a huge blow. We lost Dev saab. Instead of remembering him the news has now veered towards some absurd nonsense about my sexuality. Jeez! Man, we need to sober up," said the actor who worked with Dev Anand in Swami Dada.
Jackie is known for his roles in Yudh, Teri Meherbaniyan, Karma, Ram Lakhan, Aaina and Devdas.
Now he is gearing up to launch his son Tiger.