FOR actor Jimmy Shergill, ita��s all about the story. a�?I only take up stories which I havena��t heard and feel are incredible. This may end up with me being cast in a big role or sometimes even a small one, but I’d rather do these than the done-to-death type leads,a�? says the actor. No wonder his choice of roles range from the good-hearted thug Raja Awasthi in Tanu Weds Manu, to the tough ATS officer in A Wednesday and a baddie in Fugly. Now excited about another story driven film, Traffic, Shergill is back in khakhi uniform again. Based on a true incident and originally made in Malayalam and remade in Tamil and Kannada, the Hindi version is releasing today. The story is of a police officera��s (Manoj Bajpayee) race against time to save a girla��s life by traversing heavy traffic and other hurdles to bring her a donora��s heart. The Bullet Raja star plays the role of a young police commissioner who orchestrates the mission.
For the Hindi remake, the story of Traffic remains unchanged though the commute is between Pune and Mumbai now. a�?I wrapped my schedule in 12-15 days which was mostly on the set of a police control room put up in Mumbai,a�? says Shergill. He opted for the role after the DVD of the Malayalam version was sent to him by late director Rajesh Pillai, who passed away last February. a�?When we started discussing the role, I felt the director would require me to sport a moustache but surprisingly he was all for a young commissioner, sans a moustache and a beard,a�? says the 45-year-old actor who believes that he is a directora��s actor.
The language did come in between the Punjabi actor and the Malayalam director though, as Shergill would often feel that Pillai did not like his takes, a�?but when the assistant directors would translate I discovered that he was in fact praising the takes,a�? laughs Shergill recalling the experience of shooting with Pillai.
Apart from Bollywood, Shergill has carved a niche in the Punjabi film industry where he not only acts but also produces, along with Eros International. a�?As an actor, I feel the need to see how movies are made in different industries and trying to learn the ropes in movies of different languages excites and challenges me,a�? concludes Shergill who is currently shooting in Ranchi. His next will be Madari directed by Nishikant Kamay, starring Irrfan Khan.
Traffic releases today.
a�� Seema Rajpal