Some actors are known for their superb acting skills, some for their dashing looks and some for their distinct style. Jackie Shroff or Jaggu da as he is affectionately called by his close ones and his fans is known for all three of these things! In an exclusive conversation with Nation Next Jackie Shroff speaks about his style, his son Tiger and his relationships with people in Bollywood.
You have played different kind of roles over the years. From a dashing actor in Hero to Aamir Khan’s father in Dhoom 3. But over all these years your distinct style and charm has remained intact. How have you maintained that?
There’s nothing to maintain. I’m just natural and I’ve always been natural in what I do. It’s my style which has been unique right from Hero till now. And that style will be there no matter what role I play and what film I do.
Along with numerous Hindi films, you have done quite a few Marathi films as well. Will we see you doing more of Marathi cinema in the near future?
I’m waiting for a nice role yaar. I want to do Marathi films but I’m getting fed up of the typical roles. I had a strong role in the 2009 Marathi film Rita. I’m looking for a role where I can project myself. There’s so much of me inside which wants to do something different. Kua hain bidu, kua se pani nikalte aane chahiye bas!
When Heropanti was released, Tiger became a rage of sorts. But then there came a lull period in his career. Do you advise him regarding his career?
Hes relaxed and chilled out. Hes absolutely at ease; people still go bananas about him. I don’t need to give him any advice as we don’t give advices in our household. And I don’t feel there’s any lull period and the crazy fan following on his social media page is a proof of that.
You come across as the ?coolest dad. Do you share a very friendly relationship with Tiger?
Yes of course. He shares everything with me. I’m a buddy to him and I’ll always remain a buddy. Hes just always concerned about me and tells me to look after my health and exercise.
You have always had a great rapport with almost everybody in Bollywood. Mr Subhash Ghai once said that he can never say a no? to you. In the past as well you have done films just because of your relationships with people without even looking at the script. Do you still follow the principle?
My mind is absolutely flexible. If my friends want me to be a part of their films and they feel that my existence in their film will be in their interest, I’ll do the film. I don’t know how it’ll benefit them but if they feel it, I do it. If I say a no? then I’m actually in a way destroying the hope and trust the person has on me. The role may be bad, some critics may pan it but I don’t care about that. All I care is that my friend should know that he called me just once and I went ahead to help him. He should know that his friend stood for him when he needed it. There are times when people have told me, What the fuck are you doing? Why are you destroying yourself?? But for me, it’s just that I don’t want to destroy the trust I share with my friends. Fortunately, no ones come with a bad role ever. They have all come with different, strong and fantastic roles.
You have this propensity of charming everybody. You always oblige everybody in an industry where there are a lot of pulls and pressures. You have always been the ?Bada dilwala? actor. Where does all this energy come from?
By knowing that I’m not going to be in this world forever! By knowing that my brother and parents all came and left me, all the people I loved deeply from my heart. When you lose people so close to you, you come to know that, nothing really stays, nothing is permanent and that boosts your energy levels higher as you want to live your life to the fullest because as it is you’re going to die someday!
So, no regrets in life?
Are bidu ek chawl thi, ek bathroom tha aur dus log line me lagte the. Aaj teen bathroom hain ghar me, kidhar bhi ja sakta hu main!
You come from a school of thought where interpersonal relationships mattered a lot and were the cornerstone in Bollywood. Things have changed over the years and everything has become overtly materialistic even when it’s about supporting anybody. How do you find this scenario since you’re such a bada dilwala actor?
Kalyug aahe! You should do what you want to do without thinking of others and about changing the world. It’s a materialistic and professional world. These days people charge for interviews as well! If I put all the things which I’m telling you in my autobiography, it will have a novelty but still I’m telling you all the things I feel and my experiences.
You got into production as well. Do you think you can get into production again with a non-materialistic approach that you’ve always had
It’s impossible to do it for me. I can’t be a producer. I can be a documentary maker on different issues or as a public service announcer (Ex: Swacch Bharat) though.
To complete my film ‘Emergency’, I mortgaged every single thing I owned: Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut finished the shoot of her much awaited film ‘Emergency’ recently. But finishing this film wasn’t an easy journey for the actress. She went through a lot of ups and downs while finishing this period drama where she plays former PM, Indira Gandhi.
Talking about all the difficulties she faced to complete the film, Kangana recently said, “Whatever task I take up, I make sure I finish it. But to finish the film, I had to mortgage all my properties, every single thing I owned as I am also banking the film as a producer. Moreover, mortgaging all my property to complete the film wasn’t a big deal. I am someone who makes all my big decisions within minutes. The main struggle was running to banks back-to-back while shooting the film. Somehow, it hampers your work big time.”
Kangana, who made her entry into Bollywood with ‘Gangster’ in 2006, also spoke about her initial days in Bollywood. “When I came to Mumbai, I had only ₹500. So, if I lose all my property after ‘Emergency’ release and I’m completely ruined, it won’t matter much. I am very confident and strong enough to stand up on my feet once again and bounce back. Such possessions hold no meaning for me to be frank,” said Kangana to the paparazzi during the ‘Emergency’ wrap-up party held recently.
With 7000 luxury cars, gold fitted private jets, Sultan of Brunei has everything money can buy
With a personal wealth of £15 billion (approx rupees one lakh crore) Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (76) has been the king for over 54 years now. Sultans huge fortune is said to increase by £80 (₹7000) per second from just oil assets that he possesses. The Sultan is the second wealthiest monarch in the world after the King of Thailand
Flew his hairdresser via private jet for a £19,000 haircut!
Such has been the Sultans lifestyle that he once flew his barber in his private jet for a single haircut, which cost him a total of £19,000 (approx ₹16.5 lakh) Not just this but hes also known to have his polo shoes flown by his helicopter for a match.
Once court papers in 2012 revealed that he paid £1.26 million (approx. ₹10.92 crore) to his badminton coach, £1.25million (approx. ₹10 crore) for acupuncture, massage and spent £50,000 (approx. ₹ 43 lakh) on guards for his exotic birds.
The Sultan, who spends around £17million (approx. ₹147 crore) on just jewellery as presents for his family members, paid two of his housekeepers £7million (approx. ₹60 crore) each! Once, the Royal Family spent so much at London jewellers Asprey that, in 1995, he decided to buy the entire company at a cost of £320million (approx. ₹2700 crore)!
Multiple marriages, divorces
In 1965, the Sultan married his cousin Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, with whom he has six children, including Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee.
The Sultan remarried, but Raja still remains his wife and the Queen Consort. He married Hajah Mariam in 1982 a year before first wife Queen Saleha gave birth to their sixth child. He met her while she was working as an airhostess on a national airline.
He divorced Hajah (who was the mother of four children) in 2003 and stripped her off her royal titles. He then married TV presenter Azrinaz Mazhar, with whom he had two children before they divorced in 2010.
Micheal Jackson performed for Sultan’s 6000 subjects on his birthday
Father of 12, Sultan celebrated the weddings of his five children for a week by spending millions on each wedding. When Sultans eldest son Crown Prince, married a teenager Sarah Salleh (17), she wore jewel-encrusted Christian Louboutin heels and pure gold anklet. His daughter, Princess Azemah, 38, married her first cousin in week-long wedding on January 25, 2023.
For his oldest daughter’s wedding, Princess Rashidah, American singer Whitney Houston was flown in to sing at the reception and the Sultan paid her £5.5million (approx. ₹47 crore).
Sultans 50th birthday in 1996 was celebrated for over 15 days that cost him over £20 million (₹173 crore). The extravagant celebrations comprised a polo match, gala dinner for 3,000 at the opulent Palace where caviar from the endangered beluga was served.
Apart from this, the guests enjoyed free-flow of champagne. Not just this, the Sultan paid Micheal Jackson £14 million (approx ₹120 crore), for which the pop singer performed at three concerts – one for Sultans 6000 subjects and two for his private guests. The Sultan as a token presented every guest of his a solid gold medal!
1788 rooms, 257 bathrooms, air-conditioned stable for ponies
The Sultan resides at the Instana Nurul Iman Palace, which is the largest Royal residence in the world. The residence that was built over two years costs over £1billion (approx. ₹8600 crore) that includes 1788 rooms and 257 bathrooms.
With gold and diamond all over, the residence has five huge swimming pools, a banquet hall that can accommodate over 5000 guests and a mosque with a capacity of 1500 people. Apart from all this, there’s also a fully air-conditioned stable for Sultans 200 polo ponies (small horses)!
Most expensive private house in UK
The Sultan owns a lavish house in Londons most expensive area Regent Park, St Johns Lodge that consists of three linked properties. The same property in London was bought for £40million in 1994 (estimated to be worth £110 million [approx. ₹953 crore]) by making it the most expensive private house in the United Kingdom!
Known for being generous in gifting huge properties to his family members, the Sultan also owns plush properties on the Gold Coast of Australia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, to name a few.
The Sultan in 1997 gifted his playboy brother Prince Jefri a mansion worth £45 million (approx. ₹390 crore) in Las Vegas that has 92 rooms, 29 bedrooms, 42 bathrooms, a tennis court, three swimming pools and a huge garage that houses 11 cars.
7000 cars worth £5billion
With almost 7000 cars, the Sultan possess the world’s largest car collection that include over 600 Rolls Royce, 500 Mercedes, 450 Ferraris, 380 Bentleys, over 100 Koenigsegg, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, 179 Jaguars and 209 BMWs. His £5billion (approx ₹43000 crore) collection also includes a 24-carat gold-plated silver Spur Limo used for Royal weddings.
Private jets decorated in gold
Not just cars, the Sultan is the proud owner of the £233 million (approx. ₹2000 crore) customised Boeing 747, with a living room and bedroom decorated in gold and crystals and washbasins of solid gold.
Apart from this, he also owns a customised Airbus worth £75m (approx. ₹649 crore) and a Boeing 767 worth £136m (approx. ₹1200 crore).
(PS: The figures are an approximate value calculated as per the current market price, which have been sourced from The Sun)
17-year-old girl gang-raped in car at Nagpur
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