First of Many: Jimmy Sheirgill revisits Maachis

MUMBAI : Jimmy Sheirgill is still remembered for his lover-boy roles in earlier films like Mohabbatein and Dil Vil Pyar Vyar. But that wasn’t what the actor had started off with. Jimmy made his debut with critically acclaimed film Maachis, where he played a terrorist.

In a career spanning over 20 years, Jimmy has made a mark in both Hindi and Punjabi cinema. Though his recent Bollywood projects saw him play small-town characters, his turn as Jaimal Singh aka Jimmy, a young boy who ends up picking guns while seeking revenge in Gulzar’s directorial Maachis (1996), is noteworthy.

Maachis, also starring Chandrachur Singh, Tabu, Om Puri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda, went on to win two National Awards.

Jimmy Sheirgill shares how destiny got him his debut film Maachis and what it was to be directed by legendary writer-filmmaker Gulzar.