From showcasing excellence in martial arts to tickling our funny bone with his comic timing in films such as Rush Hour(1998) and Around The World In 80 Days , Jackie Chan has given the audience, several reasons to cheer for him. The actor and filmmaker, who hails from Hong Kong, has been recognized for his tremendous contribution to Hollywood cinema and rightfully so. News reports confirm that Jackie, will be receiving an honorary Academy Award on November 12 this year, at Governors Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Along with Hollywood films, Jackie has had a close association with the Hindi film industry as well. The popular stuntman’s friendship with Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat was in the news, after the two worked together in the Hong Kong martial-arts-adventure-film ‘The Myth’ (2005). The duo also promoted the film, the same year, at the 58th International Cannes Film Festival. Aside from Mallika, Jackie has also worked with actors Sonu Sood, Amyra Dastur and Disha Patani. The trio will be seen along with him, in their upcoming film Kung Fu Yoga, which is slated to release on January 28 next year.
On Jackie’s big win, we speak to these actors about their experience on working with him.
“He put me on the world map”- Mallika Sherawat
“Congrats to Jackie Chan for the honorary Oscar,” says Mallika, and adds that she is “thrilled” with the news. “He is a legend. My experience of working with him (in The myth) was truly inspirational and educational. He taught me that great success comes with great ambition. He truly put me on the world map and since ‘The Myth,’ there has been no looking back,” says the actor.
“He is family for me”- Sonu Sood
An emotional Sonu Sood talks about his closeness with the Hollywood star and says, “I feel so happy for him. He has contributed so much to world cinema and his achievements are unbelievable.” Sonu adds that working with Jackie, has been an “honor,” for him. “Each day, and each hour spent with him has been a learning experience. With him, I have grown into becoming a better human being. He is a joy to work with. He is family for me,” says Sonu.
“He loves to make people happy”- Disha Patani
Disha points out that everyone knows him as a “great actor,” but not many know that he is “one of the kindest human beings.” “He loves to make people happy. For him, to be getting this award is something which he really deserves,” says Disha.
“He’s the most incredible Kung Fu master of all time,” – Amyra Dastur
Really going to miss @eyeofjackiechan ... You are truly the most amazing human being I've ever had the honour to meet. You made #KungFuYoga so special and I'm heart broken that this journey has come to an end. You were, are and always will be my hero and I will never forget all the lessons you've taught me ... Thank you for teaching me to stay humble and thank you for making me laugh and fun during this amazing shoot. Love always xoxo ...
Speaking of Jackie, Amyra says that she can’t think of any other actor “who is more deserving” of this award. “He is the true definition of an action hero. His films cater to all audiences- from children to adults, which is something, very few film stars have done,” she adds.
The actor goes on to talk about her experience on working with him in Kung Fu Yoga and says that Jackie treated “everyone equally on the sets.” “From the production to the ads department, to the actors and the director as well; he made sure nobody felt as if they were above one another. That created a warm and friendly environment to work in,” says Amyra. Ask her about the most important lesson that she has learnt from Jackie and the actor says, “From him, I have learnt that people will always remember the way you make them feel,” she says, adding, “kindness is never forgotten. And I will always remember him as the most humble and incredible Kung Fu master of all time. He truly is a living legend.”