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Jackie seeks a hit

Jackie Shroff desperately wants both Boom and Sandhya to click because ?a flop producer tag is not good?.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2003 18:26 IST

Jackie Shroff is embarrassed. Savvy, with-it Jackie who’s graced magazine covers smooching co-stars, has bared his muscled torso for photo-ops, turns crimson when you ask him about his fiery smooch with Madhu Sapre in Boom, and later with Raveena Tandon in Sandhya. Jackie admits that he gives complete "freedom to the filmmaker and toes his line."

When Kaizad (Gustad) told us that we needed to smooch, neither Madhu nor I had a problem; it was all about play-acting for both of us. But I was feeling uncomfortable because in my 20-year stint in the film industry, I haven’t ever done half the outrageous things Kaizad made us do. But I trust Kaizad’s vision as a filmmaker and my job was not to question him. In Sandhya, the kiss that Raveena and I share is fleeting, and fits in with the story perfectly.”

Jackie has also learnt to delegate most of the responsibility to wife Ayesha. “I don’t make a good businessman baba. I saw what happened when I did Grahan. I was too soft. That’s why I think it’s better to leave the reins with Ayesha, she’s smart and can cope with the burden. My job is to sign the cheques and then I can go and rest easy.”

Not that Jackie is doing the latter, as he ruffles his tousled hair, puffs his third cigarette in half an hour and admits that: “September is making me nervous already. Boom should be ready to hit screens by then. Sandhya will release a month later. I want the films to click because the flop producer tag isn’t nice. I would like to make commercial profits as a producer. I have to pay my staff, bear overhead costs and keep making movies. Hits are important for Jackie the producer to keep floating and trying to be different.”

Jackie’s also slapping greasepaint as the new Bollywood baddie. It’s not a role that Jackie relishes especially when he’s still the object of Riya Sen’s obsession in a film, makes heads turn in crowded hotel lobbies, generates mass hysteria gets courted by flashbulbs incessantly but has to do “commercial films like Madhur Bhandarkar’s Aan to keep myself in style and satisfy the actor in me.”

Till then, Jackie’s hoping for a Boom-time.

First Published: Aug 18, 2003 12:58 IST