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I lobbied for Eklavya: Jimmy Sheirgill

The actor talks to Shaikh Ayaz on life, Bollywood and his forthcoming films, Eklavya and Delhi Heights.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 18:53 IST

This year you will have five films. Isn’t that too many?
These are movies that I’d completed last year. So April and May onwards, they will start releasing one after the other. The timings of the releases are not in my hand. I’m not a producer or a director. All I can do is put in a word, requesting my producers to space out the releases.

Delhi Heights, Eklavya, Dus Kahaniyaan, Victoria No 203…which has been the best experience?
Choosing one film is difficult. Delhi Heights is an urbane Delhi story. It’s got a very realistic. feel to it. We shot it in two schedules. I was deeply involved in the project. We had to shoot in Chennai just for a day We went all the way . there. We haven’t compromised; we did whatever was required.

What about Eklavya, which I guess has you in a brief role?
Frankly, I wanted to be a part of Eklavya. I heard that Vidhu Vinod Chopra was making this beautiful film and I had to be there in it. I met Vinod and conveyed my eagerness.

He said he’ll set up things. I knew Eklavya will be a brief role, because Mr Amitabh Bachchan and Saif (Ali Khan) have the lengthier role. But there are some films you just want to a part of.

So, you lobbied for the role.
Yes, and this is the only film I’ve ever lobbied for.

Have you ever been cheated out of roles?
I’m a wrong person to ask that question. I’m totally out of it. I’m not a Page 3 person. Neither do I like to be seen on the social circuit, except at parties hosted by close friends.

Many don’t even know that you’re married.
My wife (Priyanka) has been a constant support. My son Veeir has turned three. My family means the world to me.

Do you think it’s important to be seen in big banner projects?
Yes, because that puts you in a different league altogether. The banner’s name brings in a larger audience.

Are you saying you don’t mind playing second fiddle in a big banner project?
You’re getting it wrong. I’ve done solo films, two-hero projects as well as multi-starrers. In certain films, like Hum Tum, I’ve done walkin parts too. Some films you do because it’s made by a friend..some because you want to be remembered for it.