Jimmy Sheirgill has displayed his versatility in varied roles over the years but as an actor, he himself prefers light hearted entertainers. His flair for comedy was well explored in films like the Tanu Weds Manu series and Happy Bhaag Jayegi. But in the movie that releases today, it’s not the comical Jimmy Sheirgill we see but rather the vicious and political Jimmy Sheirgill. Saheb Bibi Aur Gangster 3 that hit the screens today (July 27) sees Jimmy reprising his role as the scheming Raja Aditya Pratap Singh whose neglected but clever wife has tricks up her own sleeve.
It’s a role he has garnered a lot of praise for and clearly enjoys playing. “Part 3 is bigger scale wise, there is Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) here and what’s more the biwi (played by Mahie Gill) is a lot more layered. But those who haven’t seen the first two parts won’t feel lost. There are references to the earlier films they can easily catch on,” he says.
The subject too isn’t that new – the debauched, political royalty has been seen before on screen but Jimmy begs to differ. “I don’t think so. I can’t think of any TV series or notable films that have royal politics as the USP that is there in this film. Also, no producer will make the film if there is no potential. The director (Tigmanshu Dhulia) has a vision and he has stuck to it,” says Jimmy adding that the portraying grey characters is quite fascinating. “People also like it (these characters). The best thing about TIgmanshu is that he keeps it real, yet creates these intriguing characters. Here, the biwi is way more powerful than she was in the first two parts. The gangster is not the typical gangster. Earlier, there was Irrfan who wanted his lost royalty back or Randeep, in the first part who was the driver. In short, there is a lot of mazza (fun) in the series.”
Probably that’s the reason why the character comes so easy to Jimmy who says the raja is now ‘in his system’. “It’s easy to play him now. In fact, I don’t have to do anything. The writers and directors have put it down, as an actor, when I read the matter, I can feel the raja, his motivations et al. So it’s all the more easy.”