It's been 16 years since Jimmy Sheirgill made his debut with Gulzar's 'Maachis'. Since then this versatile actor has been impressive in films like Mohabbatein, Munnabhai MBBS, Yahaan, Haasil, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Eklavya, A Wednesday and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster to name a few. Jimmy is now looking forward to Special 26 where he re-unites once again Neeraj Pandey (the director of A Wednesday). In this exclusive chat with Bollywood Hungama's Nikhil Ramsubramaniam, Jimmy talks about his character, the experience working with an ensemble cast, and how he's literally seen directors like Neeraj Pandey and Tigmanshu Dhulia grow in front of his eyes. Read on…
A lot of people feel that Neeraj Pandey's A Wednesday is your best work till date and now you are back with Neeraj in Special 26… must be exciting?
Absolutely. Having worked earlier with Neeraj Pandey, there is a certain rapport that we share. However my character in Special 26 is completely different to what I played in A Wednesday.
So tell us something about your character?
I play Sub-Inspector Ranveer Singh, who is part of the Delhi Police in the 80's. He is a new guy in the force and is very enthusiastic about proving his worth and as luck would have it in the beginning itself he gets taken for a ride by this team of tricksters who con him. He is now out to nab them and take revenge. So it's a very interesting character.
How's been the experience working with an ensemble cast of superb actors like Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee and Anupam Kher?
It's been a brilliant experience. I've worked with Kher saab in many films including A Wednesday as well. This is the first time I got a chance to work with Akshay though. Manoj, as we all know, is also a fantastic actor. When you have a great team working on a great script, headed by a great director, the whole experience becomes really memorable.
The promos of the film are focusing more on the trio of Akshay, Manoj and Anupam. Does that bother you?
I don't worry about these trivial things. I don't get into such things that are decided by the marketing team keeping in mind the best interests of the film. I am just happy and proud of the fact that I am a significant part of a wonderful film like Special 26.
What growth do you see in Neeraj Pandey as a