Salman Khan and Jackie Shroff’s friendship goes back a long way and they have known each other for more than three decades. The 64-year-old actor has known Salman since the time he was a model and then ventured into the film industry as an assistant director. In fact, Jackie considers himself ‘instrumental’ in Salman getting his first break.
The two recently shared screen space in Prabhudeva's directorial film, Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai.
In a recent interview with ETimes, Jackie revealed that Salman used to handle his clothes and boots as an assistant director when they were working for Falak. The ‘Ram Lakhan’ actor also said that the Dabangg actor looked up to him and is like his brother.
Speaking of his equation with Salman Khan, Jackie said, “I have known him as a model and then as an assistant director, who handled my clothes and boots when I was shooting for Falak (1988). He used to look up to me and is like my little brother.”
Furthermore, Jackie also revealed that he helped Salman in getting his first break. He continued, “When he was an AD, I used to show his photographs to the producers I was working with. Finally, KC Bokadia’s brother-in-law gave him a break in Bollywood. It was Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) that catapulted him to stardom, but I feel that I was instrumental in him getting a break in the industry. Toh aise dosti shuru hui… well, dosti itni nahi hai ki (This is how our friendship started… Well, our friendship is not such that) we are very close, but he keeps coming up with films, aur jab bhi kuch bada aata hai toh (and whenever anything big comes up) he thinks of me first.”
Alongside Salman Khan, Radhe also stars Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles. The movie is presented by Salman Khan films in association with ZEE Studios, produced By Salma Khan, Sohail Khan and Reel Life Production Pvt. limited.
Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai saw Salman play a police officer who is on a mission to solve Mumbai’s drug problem, while Jackie plays his boss. The film is based on the Korean film The Outlaws.