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Irrfan Khan is my favourite actor: Jimmy Sheirgill

Bollywood actor Jimmy Sheirgill says he would rather play a “powerful” supporting character in a film, than take up an “uninteresting” lead role.

bollywood Updated: Jul 07, 2016 07:55 IST
Rukmini Chopra
Rukmini Chopra
Hindustan Times
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“I would rather do a side role, which is powerful and leaves a mark, than take up a lead role that is uninteresting,” says Jimmy Sheirgill.

Jimmy Sheirgill has often impressed audiences with his performances —whether it was with the role of a tough cop in A Wednesday (2008) or a betrayed husband in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster (2011).

He says the length of a role doesn’t matter to him, as long as it’s “interesting”. “I would rather do a supporting role, which is powerful and leaves a mark, than take up a lead role that is uninteresting,” says Jimmy, adding, “Just because I have played lead characters in films earlier doesn’t mean I will turn down supporting roles. I always follow my instincts. It feels good when people still talk about my performances in films such as Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003) and Tanu Weds Manu (2011).”

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Apart from Hindi films, Jimmy has also acted in several Punjabi movies. Ask him if people are more accepting of his talent in the Punjabi industry, and he says, “Even though I do one Punjabi film a year, people enjoy it, as I am from Punjab. My equation with the audience there is different. They see me as someone who has taken Punjabi cinema to another level.”

Jimmy Shergill during trailer launch of Madari at PVR Exc, Andheri (W), Mumbai. (Photo by Pramod Thakur / Hindustan Times)

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The actor will now be seen sharing screen space with Irrfan Khan in his upcoming film, Madaari. “Irrfan is my favourite actor, and it is a pleasure to work with him. We’ve always shared a good rapport,” he says.

First Published: Jul 07, 2016 07:40 IST