Jimmy's back in riveting roles

Jimmy Shergill returns with Umar and a slew of exciting films. Johnny D has the details.
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Updated on Jun 06, 2007 01:02 PM IST
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Currently shooting for Onirban’s Bas Ek Pal, Jimmy Shergill is surely on a high with many films up for release.

The emotional guy believes, “You get from your children, what you gave to your parents. My parents taught me so and this particular emotional bonding is missing in today’s fast paced life.” Karan Razdan’s Umar, starring Shergill with Shenaz Treasuryvala is slated for a March release. Shergill plays an orphan in the film. We caught Jimmy on the sets of Bas Ek Pal for an insight on his next release, Umar, and future projects:

What is your role in Umar?
I play Shashank, an orphan, in the film. He gets a scholarship for further studies in UK and that is how I land up in London. Apart from working part-time, Shashank is also involved in community service. This is where he meets with three old men; Prem Chopra, Kader Khan and Satish Kaushik and together with them teams up to fight for a cause. Shenaz plays my sweetheart in the movie.

What is Umar all about?

Umar deals with the simplest emotions that are found in the small things in life. These emotions are missing today. I had refused to meet Karan Razdan, when he called me to offer the film. You know how Karan makes his films (laughs).

However, in his second call he just asked me to listen the plot and I was moved. Umar is a family drama with touching emotions. It is about love, respect, parents and grandparents and has a suspense element also.

What made you to take up the project?

I am a very emotional person by nature. My love for Kashmir and good social themes has always made me accept such films.


is a beautiful film with a lovely message for today’s youth. I feel that by being a part of such a project I have really given something to society at large.

From Maachis to Umar, how do you see your growth or shall we say your transformation has been as an actor?
After Munnabhai MBBS, Agnipankh and Yahan filmmakers have realised my talent and are now offering me good roles. I am happy about my progress and the films that are being offered to me. I was really touched when Gulzar Sahab said – "Jimmy is one of my favourite actors". I was on Cloud 9 that day. I have done all kind of roles and I am really looking ahead to the release of Tom, Dick & Harry, where I play a dumb guy. It is an over the top comedy. I have spent a decade in the industry, without a godfather. I feel my growth and rise has been slow but steady. I am content and the future surely looks very bright!

What is Onirban's film Bas Ek Pal about?
Bas Ek Pal is a suspense thriller about a relationship. You can say it has zig zag relationship among all of us – Sanjay Suri, Urmila Matondkar, Juhi Chawla, Rehan and myself. There are plenty of emotions in the film being depicted by Onir and it is fun doing such an intense film.

What are your other releases this year?
Umar is slated for a March release. In April, I have Tom, Dick &Harry and this is for the first time that I have done over-the-top comedy. It surely was a challenge but with this film, filmmakers will realize my potential as an actor, who can be moulded into any character.

I am part of this Naseeruddin Shah’s directorial debut Yun Hota To Kya Hota. There are four stories in the film. Konkona Sensharma and I are part of one story. Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Eklavvya is another interesting movie that I am really looking forward to. Then there is Khaffa, a thriller, in which I play a Police Inspector with Kim Sharma as my heroine. Last but not the least, my Punjabi picture Mannat is ready for release soon.

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