Jimmy Sheirgill Turns 49: Here's a Look at the Actor’s Journey in Bollywood
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Jimmy Sheirgill Turns 49: Here's a Look at the Actor’s Journey in Bollywood

Jimmy Sheirgill made his Bollywood debut with Gulzar’s Maachis but rose to prominence with his role in Aditya Chopra’s blockbuster Mohabbatein.

Jimmy Sheirgill was born on 3rd December 1970 in a Punjabi Sikh family in Uttar Pradesh. He began his Bollywood career with Gulzar’s 1996 film Maachis, which was a critical and commercial success. However, Jimmy began to be noticed as an actor after appearing in Aditya Chopra’s 2000 blockbuster Mohabbatein, which starred Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead roles. Jimmy then went on to star in supporting roles in several hit films such as Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002), Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), Hum Tum (2004), A Wednesday! (2008), Tanu Weds Manu (2011), Special 26 (2013), Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016) and De De Pyaar De (2019). His highest grossing releases include Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), My Name Is Khan (2010) and Tanu Weds Manu: Returns (2015). He also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Tanu Weds Manu: Returns.

Jimmy Shergill was first seen in multi-starrer Mohabbatain

Jimmy Shergill rose to fame with multi-starrer Mohabbatain

Several Indian actors and singers took to social media to wish him on his 49th birthday today. Indian film actor Sunil Grover (@WhoSunilGrover) tweeted, “Happy birthday @jimmysheirgill bha ji! Wishing you lots of love and luck! Chakk do Phatte!! Burrrah!”

His Happy Bhag Jayegi co-star Diana Penty (@DianaPenty) wrote, “Happy Happy Birthday Bagga ji!! Wishing you a super day and a year filled with ‘happy’ness and sunshine.”

Singer Kaur B (@KaurBmusic) tweeted, “Happy Birthday Real Hero @jimmysheirgill ji #Alwaysmyfav.”

Singer-actor Jassie Gill (@jassiegill) said, “Happy Birthday @jimmysheirgill Paaaji love you.”

Film critic Joginder Tuteja (@Tutejajoginder) posted, “Have a super fantastic year ahead, @jimmysheirgill - Be the #RangbaazPhirSe all over again and stay happy, healthy and fine. Happy birthday.”

Actress, producer and politician Gurpreet Kaur Chadha (@GurpreetKChadha), posting pictures with Jimmy, wrote, “Happy Birthday to my most humble friend and an actor par excellence dear @jimmysheirgill”

Movie business analyst Atul Mohan (@atulmohanhere) shared, “Wishing you a very happy birthday @jimmysheirgill! Have a great one and great year ahead! #HappyBirthdayJimmySheirgill”

Jimmy individually thanked all those who wished him on social media. The actor also appears in Punjabi films and has produced several movies, including Dharti (2011), Taur MIttran Di (2012), Saadi Love Story (2013) and Rangeelay (2013). The actor was seen in supporting roles in various films this year, including Tom, Dick and Harry 2, De De Pyaar De, Family of Thakurganj, Jhootha Kahin Ka, Judgementall Hai Kya and P Se Pyaar F Se Faraar.

Jimmy has always been praised for managing to stand out even when he has limited screen presence. In an article for the Khaleej Times, Khalid Mohamed praised Jimmy for his humility and professionalism. He wrote, “Jimmy Sheirgill has consistently wowed us with his class acts, professionalism and humility. And yet, the man who steers clear of the media glare, is always taken for granted.”

Jimmy Shergill was first seen in multi-starrer Mohabbatain

Jimmy Shergill

He noted how Jimmy is a private person, who stays away from media platforms and quoted the actor as saying, “I've no ego hassles about multi-starrers, as long as my role has at least a semblance of substance. At times, I've just done a handful of scenes. If I'd insisted only on playing the hero, I would have been jobless. Moreover, I'd have missed out on the Munna Bhai and Tanu Weds Manu films.” In another interview, the actor -- who has completed more than two decades in the film industry -- had said that he changed his track completely after Mohabbatein, which was a romantic film, and instead of trying to do the typical romantic hero roles, he had opted for different and challenging roles, which his fans have always appreciated. Jimmy will next be seen in season two of ZEE5 original web series Rangbaaz, which will premiere on 20th December 2019.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.