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Actor, producer and entrepreneur Jackky Bhagnani is the son of producer Vashu Bhagnani, who founded the production house Pooja Entertainment. Jackky, who received his Commerce degree from HR College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai and an acting course from Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York, has acted in a number of films such as FALTU, Welcome To Karachi and Youngistaan before gravitating to the production side of things. His first film as a production assistant was at the age of 16 and worked on the film Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. Twenty years later, he continues to love every moment of cinema.
One bold move the 37-year-old made was to start the movie Bell Bottom in the middle of the pandemic and then release it. It was the first film to be released after the pandemic, and the first to be shot after the easing of lockdown restrictions during the first wave. These moves aside, Jackky feels that he and his father are two sides of the same coin. “I am his protege. I learned as many things as possible from my father. We try to serve old wine in the same bottle. what I’m trying to do,” says Jackky.
His dad has always been very supportive of every major decision Jackky has made, and if their views differ on something, there’s always an opportunity to reason everything out, leading to an informed decision. As for future plans, the large-scale motion picture production company comprising around 130 employees and with a current turnover of 350 crore will continue to expand all of its franchises. Apart from that, the idea is to expand the business by making a lot of digital movies. Jackky is also responsible for introducing the music wing, Jjust Music.