Actor Jackie Shroff will host a show called India’s Magic Star featuring little-known magicians on Star One. The show that marks actor Jackie Shroff’s re-entry on the small screen as a host, has been pushed ahead by a week. It was expected to start on June 26 but will now open on July 3. The actor says that the child in him convinced him to take up the show.
“I have tried tricks with magic as a child, which was one of the reasons I agreed to be a part of this show. It’s different from the regular song and dance shows and provides a platform to lesser known magicians in the country,” says Shroff, who had earlier hosted shows like Lehrein, Missing and Chirtrahar.
The actor, who was recently seen in Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De, is looking forward to his next film, Maalik Ek, in which he plays Sai Baba. “I was apprehensive about taking on the role but once I got into the costume and put on the make-up, it was easy. I started walking and talking like Sai Baba,” says Shroff, who is working on another Hindi film, Interview, and another with Junior NTR in which he plays a villain.
The 50-year-old actor completes 29 years in the film industry this year. Talk to him about the changing times and he says that today’s heroines lack elegance and sensuality. “They seem so pale in comparison to yesteryear beauties like Nanda and Sadhana, who were
covered from head-to-toe,” grouses Shroff.
He also doesn’t think much about modern-day songs. “The magic of lyrics is lost. The way the lyricists used to describe the beauty of women in words is gone,” he rues. “I think people are as fed up of such songs as I am and I’m sure the melody of the golden era will make a comeback.”
Recalling his childhood days, Jackie says he’s used to love watching Rajesh Khanna and Shammi Kapoor’s movies. “I used to take my friends along for the morning shows. We used to throw 25-50 paisa coins every time Rajesh Khanna and Shammi Kapoor danced on screen,” he smiles.