Mumbai. Lovely eyes, charming smile and innocent face… Shekhar Kapur’s child artist Jugal Hansraj was like this. He was seen as a child actor in Shekhar’s film ‘Masoom’. He was liked so much in this film that everyone started talking about him. Jugal also made a lot of headlines in this film starring Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah. After getting so much fame as a child artist, when Jugal stepped into the world of entertainment in his youth, along with him other people also had high expectations from him. It seemed that he would become the new superstar of the industry as he had all the qualities of a hero but it did not happen. He even got the tag of ‘unlucky’. In a recent interview, Jugal talked about his depressing days.
Shekhar Kapur’s film ‘Masoom’ was released in 1983 and Jugal Hansraj made a different identity through it. After this he appeared in films like ‘Karma’ and ‘Sultanat’. At the same time, as an actor, he started in the year 1994 with ‘Aa Gale Lag Jaa’. After this he did ‘Papa Kehte Hain’ in 1996, ‘Mohabbatein’ in 2000, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ in 2001, Salaam Namaste in 2005, ‘Aaja Nachle’ in 2007 and ‘Kahaani 2’ in 2016.
When my films didn’t even start…
Jugal Hansraj recently spoke to Times of India. During this, he told, ‘I could not deny that it was a very difficult time. It was very difficult for me to deal with it when my films were not doing well. Not only did I hear my criticisms, but I was also personally attacked many times. I was called many names, even called ‘unlucky’. Even the films in which he was supposed to act didn’t start and people got more chance to make things. When I used to go to the Muhurta of other films, people used to say, ‘Now the time has come when Jugal himself will go to the Muhurta of his own films. I was 18-19 years old then and my eyes used to fill with tears hearing these things. With time, I learned to deal with all these frustrating things.
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Jugal further told, ‘I used to sign films and the film was about to start that I used to get a call that the film is not being made now. When all I could say was ‘Thank you’. I used to remain numb, could not understand what to say? It becomes very difficult when you work hard and you have challenges. Especially when unnecessary comments are made on personal life. Working in the industry is very tough and sometimes people behave very badly. But this is the truth here and it has to be understood. Even people who are good in front of you, they change with the success and failure of the film. Please tell that there was a time when 30 to 40 films of Jugal were closed.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 22, 2023, 10:37 IST
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