Javed Jaffrey: I never used my father’s name to enter films

Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, VJ, comedian, ad filmmaker Javed Jaffrey, who is the son of the yesteryear comedian Jagdeep, said he never used his father’s name or influence to enter the film industry. Debuting in the 1985 film Meri Jung, his negative role made a huge impact and later he was seen in hit films like Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Fire, Earth and the blockbuster 3 Idiots.

“Being the son or daughter of a legendary film personality you get more respect. But I have never used that (my father’s name) as an influence to enter industry. It is not that I got work because of him. My father did not do a film for me or launched me, he wanted us to do things on our own,” Javed said.

“Rather I never thought I will enter the film industry, it happened all by chance. Destiny played a part and brought me here in this industry,” he said. Javed, who has done a variety of roles, says he loves doing comedy.

“I like to play all kind of roles. You can’t do same stuff every time as it becomes boring. Comedy is my soft spot. But I love doing action, thriller, drama and negative (roles). I am not comfortable with sexuality, intimate scenes,” he said.

The actor, who will be seen next in debutante director Faraz Haider’s War Chhod Na Yaar. “I am playing Captain Qureshi from the Punjab region of Pakistan. So my tone (language) in the film is Punjabi-Urdu. The film establishes relationship in an interesting way. I had great fun doing this film.”

Javed will also be seen alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor in Besharam. The actor has a few scenes with Ranbir and a climax scene with Neetu and Rishi Kapoor.

“We did interact on sets. I am a big fan of Rishiji, he is the best actor. Neetuji is fantastic. Ranbir is a fine actor and he is very focused about his work. They are humble and nice people,” he said. Javed will also be seen in Hrithik Roshan’s Bang Bang and Jo Bhi Karva Lo with Arshad Warsi.

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