Everything happening in Jackie Shroff‘s life has been a matinee show, and the best part has to be his sweet love story with his wife Ayesha, a relation that stands strong in Bollywood, no matter what.
Talking to Simi Garewal with his wife Ayesha, love to this couple happened at an age when infatuation is the practice. Ayesha was just 13 years old when Jackie noticed the long-legged damsel in her school uniform while traveling in a bus. Things escalated quickly when Jackie met Ayesha at a record shop, two days later and offered her a few records to listen. Bonny M’s charm worked and Ayesha was already in love with this handsome hunk.
Ayesha, an uptown girl with a silver spoon was head over heels with Jaikishan, who was still a few years away from becoming Bollywood’s Jaggu Dada. But nothing stopped her from following her heart.
The relationship peaked when Ayesha found out that Jackie was already in love with a girl who had flown to the USA and hence could not build a relationship. Ayesha, innocent but hell-bent on what she was doing, wrote a letter to the girl, asking her to marry Jackie with her and they would live like sisters.
“I had no option. I could either lose him or I had the option of keeping him with her, and I chose the latter.”
Jackie was stunned at the love Ayesha had and since then there has been no looking back. At that time, Jackie was living in a chawl but Ayesha, despite her mother raising concerns, had no qualms about the change of worlds.
“I had to. I was a married woman after all!”
Both of them come from two very different worlds and yet they have been standing by each other’s side as solid rocks. Ayesha speaks French fluently and Jackie is the usual tapori guy of Bollywood. Together they have two children, Tiger and Krishna.