Reports splashed on Saturday when Jackie Shroff turned 63, suggested that birthday boy Jackie Shroff had been added to the cast of Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi almost as a birthday gift. But the fact is, Jackie was always a part of the Sooryavanshi cast. “He plays an important role. Jackie was cast from the start. He isn’t a last-minute addition. Akshay Kumar and Jackie have known each other for years. Akshay’s mother-in-law Dimple Kapadia is one of Jackie’s closest friends. The pair has done any number of films together,” says the source.
Shedding light on Jackie’s character the source says, “Jackie will make a guest appearance at a key point in the film. He will make a dramatic revelation that will change the course of the storytelling.”
Speaking on his role Jackie says, “I have worked so many times with Rohit’s father, the great action director Shetty. Now to be working with Rohit …it feels like a complete circle. I’ve always enjoyed Rohit’s cinema.”
Jackie Shroff spent his birthday with his wife Ayesha, son Tiger and daughter Krishna. Says Jackie’s daughter Krishna, “Dad’s birthday was super low-key. The entire day the family was together. We went to one of our favourite restaurants in Mumbai: China House at the Grand Hyatt. It was really nice because the four of us don’t get to spend time together that often.”
Adds Jackie, “Being with my family is the best thing I can think of doing. My wife and my bachchas are my world. Any day that we spend together is birthday for me.”