Birth: 01-02-1960, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Jackie Shroff (born Jaikishen Kakubhai Shroff) is an Indian actor. He has been in the Gujarati cinema and Hindi cinema (Bollywood) industries for almost 3 decades and has appeared in over 151 films in Nine languages (Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Punjabi and Oriya).
Shroff was born on 1 February 1960 as Jai Kishen Shroff into a Gujarati family to Kakubhai & Rita Shroff. They lived in a low income chawl in the Teen Batti area in Walkeshwar, Mumbai. Before entering the film industry, Shroff was a local toughie. He also modelled in a few advertisements. It was director/producer Subhash Ghai who gave Shroff his screen name "Jackie" when he launched him in the film Hero.
In the late 80s, Jackie Shroff married his longtime girlfriend, Ayesha Dutt, who later turned film producer. The couple run a media company, Jackie Shroff Entertainment Limited. They jointly owned 10% shares in Sony TV since its launch and in 2012 decided to sell their stake and end their 15-year-long association with Sony TV. The Shroffs have two children: a son, Tiger (Jai Hemanta), and a daughter, Krishna.
Since the late 90, Shroff seems to have moved away from lead roles in Hindi movies and has been seen more often in strong character roles. Shroff made his acting debut in Dev Anand's movie, Swami Dada. In 1983, he appeared as the main lead actor in the Subhash Ghai movie Hero, in which he was paired against Meenakshi Sheshadri and worked with eminent director Ghai. Shroff continues to work in Subhash Ghai movies.
Since 2000 or thereabouts, he has appeared in mainly character roles. He often speaks to the media.