Jimmy Shergill
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We need more issue based films, says Jimmy!

Jimmy Shergill

By HT

New Delhi, May 17 -- Actor Jimmy Sheirgill who is set to star in an upcoming film based on politics in Uttar Pradesh, says that he loves doing issue based films.

"I have always done commercial films such as Tanu Weds Manu (2011) or Mohabbatein (2000), and I've always felt that it's important to be part of this kind of cinema, but having said that, for me, doing issue based films is equally important. When we discuss issue based films, the main thing for me is how sensitive the story is, and when stories are based on real life incidents, whether they are political or social, the story only becomes more interesting," he says.

The 44-year-old, who debuted with Maachis (1996) that dealt with terrorism in Punjab, says that cinema has a responsibility towards society.

"Everyone is not like us... glued to news channels or reading newspapers. Everyone is busy in their own lives and they don't know what's happening in remote areas of the country. There are so many issues that people don't know about," he says, adding that he feels that cinema should educate people about these issues.

"I feel that films have a certain responsibility, which is to tell people about incidents that have impacted the country. So, if the filmmakers do their research correctly and make a powerful story with good characters, then it will be appreciated by a lot of people," he says.