Shroff was born Jaikishen Kakubhai Shroff in Udgir, Latur, Maharashtra. His father, Kakabhai Haribhai Shroff, was a Gujarati and his mother, Rita, was a Turk from Kazakhstan. They lived in the Teen Batti area of Malabar Hill, Mumbai. Before entering the film industry, he was a local toughie. He 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. He was a judge on a magic show, India's Magic Star, broadcast on Indian channel Star One. The show began on 3 July 2010 and ended on 5 September 2010.He married his longtime girlfriend, Ayesha Dutt on her birthday, 5 June 1987, who later became a film producer. The couple runs a media company, Jackie Shroff Entertainment Limited. They jointly owned 10% shares in Sony TV since its launch until 2012 when they sold their stake and ended their 15-year-long association with Sony TV. The Shroffs have two children, a son, bollywood actor Tiger Shroff and daughter, Krishna.
He has been in the Hindi cinema (Bollywood) industry for almost four decades and as of 2015 has appeared in 207 films in nine languages (Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu). It was Subhash Ghai who signed him up for the hit Hero (1983) that catapulted this handsome young man to stardom, followed by yet another hit Andar Baahar (1984) with Anil Kapoor as his co-star. Thus Jaikishen became the new Bollywood legend: Jackie Shroff. Since then there has been no looking back, as he went on to star in close to 150 movies with a career that spanned from 1973 onwards. Since 2000 or thereabouts he has appeared in a variety of character-roles, villain, comedian, and even as a ghost in Bhoot Unkle (2006). His next film to be released was Kaash. Later films, such as Dehleez and Sachche Ka Bol Bala were critically acclaimed but failed at the box office.
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