Shroff made his acting debut in Dev Anand's movie, Swami Dada.
In 1983 he appeared as the main lead actor in Subhash Ghai movie "Hero" in which he was paired with Meenakshi Sheshadri and worked with eminent senior co-stars such as Shammi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar and Amrish Puri. The film was declared "Super Hit" on the Indian Box Office. Both Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri became huge stars after the release of the film. Shroff suddenly came in demand after the film's release and thus began a long association with Subhash Ghai. Till today he is fondly referred as "Jackie Dada", his character's name in the movie "Hero".
Since then Shroff went on to star in close to 150 movies. He and Anil Kapoor have co-acted in several superhit movies such as Yudh, Andar Baahar, Karma, Ram Lakhan, Parinda, 1942 A Love Story etc. At one point in the mid-80s, Shroff was rated more popular than some of his contemporaries.
After a string of average grossers through 1985-86, Jackie gave a resounding performance in the 1987 Mahesh Bhatt film Kaash alongside Dimple Kapadia. In the movie, Shroff adeptly played the character of a popular superstar who after several professional failures loses his wealth, turns alcoholic and gets estranged from his wife. They finally reconcile but lose their only son to brain cancer. This role was a welcome change from his earlier characters of a tough cop or unemployed youth turned hoodlum. Although the film did not fare well commercially, Shroff's acting abilities were appreciated by the critics and the public.
Subsequently, Shroff restated solid performances in Parinda (1989), Angaar (1992), Gardish (1993), Aaina (1993), Border (1997), Lajja (2001) and Devdas (2002) to name a few.
Shroff still continues to work in Subhash Ghai movies. Since 2000 or thereabouts, he has appeared in mainly character roles. He often speaks to the media in "Mumbaiyya Hindi".
Jackie Shroff has been roped in for Dhoom 3..
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