"Throughout my 13 years in the industry, all I have done is do charity for others. Now I am looking at doing things for myself and 2008 should see the emergence of a new Jimmy", declares Jimmy Sheirgill with whom the tag of being 'the most under rated actor in Bollywood' has almost become fashionable.
"Different film makers approach you with subjects that look highly exciting on paper, but after execution they turn out to be all wrong. You believe in certain makers but the trust gets broken when the final product arrives on screen. I thought of all the people around me over the years while signing projects; now I am going to think about myself first", says the young actor who made his screen debut with none other than Gulzar directed Maachis. "I have worked in around 35 movies in the past and there would be barely 2-3% of industry people that I could count as the ones who have stood by me through thick and thin", says Jimmy in a candid conversation.
Ask him to name them and he shoots without hesitation, "Vidhu Vinod Chopra and the folks at Yash Raj Films. These people have shown relentless faith and trust in me. I have cherished working with these banners. I have also observed that good films are made by people who are intrinsically good. Look at Rajkumar Hirani; what a fantastic filmmaker. It's his inner self that reflects in the kind of work he does."
In 2007 his stock hasn't shown much rise except for a remarkable performance in Eklavya - The Royal Guard that got him accolades from all over. "Yes, the year started off well as it was shocking for the audiences to see me as an all-Black villain. I won't defend my movies which came after that, though the failure of Raqeeb still haunts me. It worked with the critics but was a commercial failure."
"Phir bhi picture abhi baaki hai mere dost; 2007 is not done yet", Jimmy recites a dialogue from Om Shanti Om obviously hinting at his twin releases on 7th December - Strangers and Dus Kahaniyaan, where he acts in High On A Highway opposite Masumi Makhija.
Though Jimmy refuses to classify Strangers into a particular genre, by the look of the things, this Anand L Rai directed film appears to be a thriller in the offering. Kay Kay Menon, Nandana Sen and Sonali Kulkarni are his co-stars in Strangers which, as per Jimmy, has a never seen before narrative set in a European format.
On the other hand, High On A Highway is a bona fide thriller which tells a 10 minutes story about a young couple which spends a wild night out on a highway and encounter unprecedented situations that change their lives forever.