Jimmy Sheirgill was born in a Punjabi Jatt Sikh family to Satyajit Singh Shergill (Father) and Balraj Kaur Shergill (Mother). He hails from a family of landowners and distillers, and his paternal great aunt was the famous Indian painter Amrita Shergill. Jimmy changed the spelling of his surname from Shergill to Sheirgill. When asked about the change, he said ‘Shergill’ username was already taken by some other user.
He studied at St. Francis’ College, Lucknow for a few years and then moved to his home Punjab, the place of his ancestors, in 1985. He studied at The Punjab Public School, Nabha and at Bikram College, Punjabi University, Patiala.
Sheirgill started his acting career in 1996 with the critically acclaimed film Maachis, directed by Gulzar, based on the terrorism in Punjab. The film did reasonably well at the box office and got him noticed by all the top filmmakers in the industry, which led him to be cast in Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein alongside stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, and Aishwarya Rai.
After Mohabbatein, Jimmy starred in several other box-office hits including Mere Yaar Ki Shadi Hai (2002), Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002), Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), Hum Tum (2004), A Wednesday! (2008), Tanu Weds Manu (2011), Special 26 (2013), Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016) and De De Pyar De (2019). His highest-grossing releases came with the comedy-drama Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), the drama film My Name is Khan (2010) and the romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu: Returns (2015), all of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. The latter earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Sheirgill married his long-time girlfriend Priyanka in 2001. They have a son named Veer.
Have a look over some dynamic dialogues by Jimmy Sheirgill –
“Aapko pata hai mard zyada gaaliyan kyun dete hai? … kyun ki woh rote kum hai” – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster ReturnsDo you know why men curse a lot? … because they cry very les
“Joh desh ke liye ladte hai … unki maut ka countdown unki pehli saans ke saath shuru ho jaata hai” – Bang BangThose who fight for their country … the countdown of their death starts with their first breath
“Bahut sasti ho chuki ho tum … tumhe dene ke liye hamare paas chillar bhi nahin hai” – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster ReturnsYou have become very cheap … I don’t even have lose change to give you
“Zindagi ke bade bade faisle in choti choti baaton se nahi liye jaate” – Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi HaiThe big decisions of life should never be taken with these small things
“Ladkiyon ke peeche zyada nahi bhaagna chahiye … lautna mushkil ho jaata hai” – Veerey Ki WeddingOne should not run a lot behind girls … or else it gets difficult to return back