Jimmy Sheirgill is going through some exciting times. His extended appearance as an antagonist in Tanu Weds Manu was much appreciated. He would soon be seen as a producer-actor in Dharti which releases alongside Dum Maaro Dum. A few weeks down the line would be playing ‘Saheb’ in Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster. And while all of this keeps him engaged for a good part of the year, there is Game which sees him as one of the principal characters alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Kangna Ranaut.
Jimmy, you play a movie star in Game. Other than the fact that it is a character that you are playing, does the fact that this guy is a movie star have any bearing on the basic plot and narrative of the film?
It is an integral part of the film yaar otherwise aise hi thodi character bana denge (laughs). You couldn’t have shown him as a pilot! Though the character is not even 1% close to what I would have been had I reached a certain pedestal in my career, it is all really well etched out in the film.
I guess yet again it is a serious role that you have in the film, right?
See, the character that I play in the film is caught up in a lot of things. There are 50000 things that are constantly running in his mind. Even the look that I carry is something that I have never portrayed before. When I was given the script to read and told that this was the character that I had to play, I was game for it. Pun intended (laughs). It is a fantastic thriller and I love the way it has been shot. (Director) Abhinay (Deo) has done a fantastic job and the produces have left no stones unturned to give it a grand look.
That’s right, there are quite some good words being said about the film’s look…
When I saw rushes of the film, the first thought that came in my mind was that this was very international in its appeal. Also, what I liked was the fact that I was working with so many people with whom I have worked before. Then there is Abhishek with whom I have not shared a frame before Game but then have known him since Mohabbatein days. He used to come around the sets when we were shooting with Mr. Bachchan. Now that we were together, it was amazing fun.
Also, unlike a quintessential hero-heroine drama, it is an ensemble affair with you being one of the many other important characters other than Abhishek. That must have been an added incentive too.
See, there are 4-5 main characters in the film and the story revolves around them. In the end it is more in the whodunit format with a Hitchcockian influence to it. I could recollect not just Bollywood classics but recent thrillers belonging to ‘Bourne’ series as well. I love the pace of such films and the way they are shot. All of that has been brought together in Game.
There are 4-5 main characters in the film and the story revolves around them
Still, despite enjoying the overall experience of being in the film, did you ever feel like telling the makers that ‘Okay, pitch me a little harder in the film, after all it is an ensemble affair?
Farhan and Ritesh have been great as producers, they are quite professional and really sorted out. I guess everybody has been given equal prominence in the film and there is no favouritism. Of course I am not seen in any of the song promos since I feature more in action rather than romantic sequences. Honestly, I love the way that I have been used in the film and hence there are no complains whatsoever.