A look at the slate of films that he has been working on of late is testimony that Jackie Shroff has been increasingly interested in sharing screen space with the younger breed of actors. After collaborating with Aadar Jain in Hello Charlie, he will now be seen alongside Sidharth Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter in Phone Bhoot. The younger lot of actors, he says, pose a challenge to artistes of his kind. “They have a positive energy on set, and are spontaneous. I also try to be like them and think on the spot. It is fun, almost like playing table tennis. You have to be constantly alert with these babies around you. They may seem to be all about play, but they are sincere about their job.”



Having enjoyed a run in cinema for several decades, he is now taking advantage of all that the web platform has to offer. “The web space presents beautiful stuff. I am often confused about what to take up, and what to let go of. I am trying to limit [my choices] because I’d rather do farming, cook, and take care of those who are suffering. Earlier, I didn’t have time because I was busy shooting. Now, I have time, and I want to do as my heart desires.”