Jackie speaks to CS about how he manages to stay grounded after all these years: Who: Jackie Shroff What: On staying grounded PIC/ Nimesh Dave Its in his genes I didnt deliberately take inspiration from any journalist but it must be inside me somewhere. After all, I have observed journalists over a period of 30 years. In fact, my father was a journalist. So its in my genes. Even I used to write articles for my website in 1993-94. I used to blog too with pictures. I did that for three years. Zero illusions The 30 years of my journey in Bollywood have been superb. Its true I lost my dad, my mom and my brother on the way, but the three went and my wife and two children came in. 'Teen gaye, teen aa gaye!' I grew up at Teen Batti Naka where there were three toilets for 20 people. People used to stand in queues to use them. I kept living there for nine years after Hero released. I was a superstar but I was living there. Ive seen it all, so I dont have any illusions about myself. Somebody writes well about me, I feel good. Somebody writes bad, its fine. Staying grounded I dont have any hang-ups how can anyone after living 33 years in a chawl? Ive had a rock-solid upbringing. Ive seen my mother sell her sarees and utensils for my tuition fees. When you look upto your parents and realise what they have given up to make you reach a certain standard, then you dont let things like fame and stardom go to your head. These things stay in your bone marrow, they are too deep inside you. When you wake up in the morning, haath pair chal raha hai, be grateful for that. Jaan hai to jahaan hai, my father used to say. Now I understand. Son rise My son doesnt ask me for advice and I dont give it. He has already seen what he needs to learn. Things like treating everyone equally right from the spot boy to the producer, to taking it in your stride whether someone writes good or bad, to not letting stardom go to your head if some of your films become superhits he knows all this.