38 Years of HERO: The film that catapulted Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Seshadri into superstardom has reached its 38th year. Subhash Ghai’s film ‘Hero’ was released on December 16, 1983. Jackie Shroff is the son of Jai Kishan Shroff, who lived in the chawl in this film. Jackie’s debut picture was ‘Swami Dada,’ but he broke into the film industry as a hero with the film ‘Hero.’ Meenakshi had another picture at the same period, but she rose to prominence as a result of it. There must be a tale in the film that affects a person’s destiny. Let us recount some fascinating stories to commemorate the film’s 38-year anniversary.
When Jackie Shroff received a modelling offer, he was ecstatic.
Jackie Shroff’s early life is not kept a secret from anyone. Actors frequently tell personal stories about their lives. Jackie’s early years were difficult, yet it is stated that if you want something positive to happen in your life, the roads must cross in the same way. Jackie experienced a similar occurrence. Jackie, who struggled to make ends meet in Mumbai, was standing at the bus stop one day when a stranger approached him. Jackie was a tall woman with a pleasant demeanour. That person said, “What are your plans for modelling?” When Jackie heard this, he inquired as to what had occurred.
With ‘Hero,’ Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Seshadri became overnight celebrities.
Subhash Ghai caught Jackie while she was modelling.
The guy told Jackie Shroff that she needed to do nothing except be photographed in exchange for money. Jackie Shroff’s joy knew no boundaries when she heard this. Jackie consented and was paid 7,000 rupees for her efforts. Jackie has never received that much money before in his life. After that, he quit his job and started modelling. Meanwhile, Jackie was recognised by filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who was regarded as a showman in the film industry at the time, and he was ready to begin work on the film ‘Hero.’ Subhash offered him the starring role in the film.
Jackie’s destiny was changed by the success of ‘Hero.’
Jackie Shroff was a typical Mumbaikar who used to model but had no experience with acting. He also had to deal with a lot of scolding from Subhash Ghai throughout the filming of the movie. However, when ‘Hero’ was published, it was a huge hit on the big screen. In the 1980s, Jackie became the most popular hero. Every Bollywood producer and director wanted to cast him in their project. However, Jackie’s modesty will tell you that despite the film’s success, he remained in the chawl.
The chawl was also visited by Mahesh Bhatt and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. In such a setting, major filmmakers began flocking to the chawl to cast Jackie Shroff in their films. According to stories in the press, Jackie’s popularity was such that the director would stand outside the toilet and wait for him. The producers-directors, whom Jackie had hoped to meet before 1983, were spotted camped out in the chawl. Veteran filmmakers such as Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Mahesh Bhatt are alleged to have visited Jackie’s home to offer the film.
The music of ‘Hero’ is timeless.
Along with Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Seshadri’s acting, the film’s soundtrack played a significant role in the popularity of ‘Hero.’ ‘LAMBi Judai,’ sung by Pakistani artist Reshma, made history.