Jackie Shroff was born Jai Krishan Kakubhai Shroff on February 1, 1957, in Mumbai. He lived in the city's famous Teen Batti's one-room tenement. Jackie Shroff's father Kakulal Harilal Shroff was a Gujarati Hindu and his mother, Amrita Kakulal (Rita) Shroff was an Uyghur from Kazakhstan. (All photos/mid-day archives and Jackie Shroff's Instagram account)
Jackie Shroff's father met his mother when both were teenagers, they fell in love and got married. Together the extended family lived in a 30 ft by 30 ft room in a chawl in the Teen Batti area of Malabar Hill, Mumbai.
Jackie Shroff's father came from a Gujarati family of merchants and traders, however, they lost their money in the stock market and his father had to leave home at the age of 17.
Jackie Shroff modelled in a few advertisements including Savage perfumes as a youngster. His screen name Jackie was bestowed upon him by a friend and filmmaker Subhash Ghai stuck to this monicker while launching him as a lead actor in the 1983 film 'Hero'.
Jackie Shroff wed his longtime girlfriend Ayesha Dutt on June 5, 1987. Interestingly the day also marked Ayesha's birthday.
Jackie Shroff's wife Ayesha was a model who later turned producer and co-owns a media company with her husband named Jackie Shroff Entertainment Limited.
Jackie Shroff and Ayesha have a son, Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff and a daughter Krishna Shroff. This is a throwback picture of Jackie and his wife with their kids
Very few know that Jackie Shroff loves cooking. "Cooking has fascinated me since childhood. As a kid, I used to enjoy watching my mom prepare food in the kitchen. The aroma of spices always held my attention. I am a huge foodie and love snack items like vada-pav, bhel-puri, bhajiyas, etc. However, I have cut down on junk food due to health reasons. As a vegetarian, I can say that vegetarian dishes can be equally tasty as meat preparations," Jackie Shroff had told mid-day earlier.
Pictured: Jackie Shroff with former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin and his then-wife Sangeeta Bijlani.
Further speaking about his culinary skills, Jackie added, "I love cooking in my spare time. I know it doesn't really go with my image, but I really do. I am also a strict vegetarian (doesn't go with my image either!). I love all kinds of vegetarian dishes - the Maharashtrian pithla bhakri, thalipith, vangi bhath and then the South Indian rice dishes, pastas and crisp pizzas. I love Italian food and usually cook it for my family and friends. I'm an expert in pesto sauce. And I have been told by many that my cooking is very good."
Pictured: Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri. The duo first starred together in 'Hero' and went on to work in six more films, most notable of which were 'Sachche Ka Bol Bala', 'Dahleez', 'Paisa Yeh Paisa' among others
Coming back to his film career, before achieving stardom with 'Hero' Jackie Shroff had made his acting debut in 1982 with Devanand's film 'Swami Dada'. Pictured: Jackie with Meenakshi Sheshadri.
Talking about his initial days, Jackie Shroff had said, "The first 15 years of my career I did sing songs but I never really danced. Then came the trend of two-hero films. So there was me and Anil, me and Sunny and so on. I kept doing anything that came my way. Mujhe farak hi nahi padta. Height hai, body hai, aawaz hai, discipline hai. Khada ho jata hoon toh dikh jata hoon (smiles)."
Pictured: Jackie Shroff in Karma. His 1986 film Karma which also starred frequent co-star Anil Kapoor was the highest grossing movies of the year.
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In picture: Jackie Shroff with Sharad Kapoor, Sushmita Sen and Mahesh Bhatt.
Jackie Shroff with his childhood friend Anis Sabri
Jackie Shroff with Nagarjuna at an event
Jackie Shroff with the late Bal Thackeray and his frequent co-star Nana Patekar
Jackie Shroff with Mumbai's famous dabbawallas.
Jackie Shroff with Amrita Singh and Juhi Chawla in a still from 'Aainaa'.
Jackie Shroff with Manisha Koirala in a still from 'Agnisakshi'.
This image proves Jackie Shroff is one of Bollywood's most debonair actors.
Jackie Shroff, wife Ayesha Shroff, son Tiger Shroff and daughter Krishna Shroff at a wedding.
Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Jackie Shroff!
From Jackie Shroff's childhood photos to his wedding pictures and stills from his many films, here are some candid moments of Bollywood's original 'Hero' on his 62nd birthday. Take a look!
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