The New Baddie In Town: Jim Sarbh

Our contributing editor, Heena Gandhi, gives her take on the performance and upcoming career of Jim Sarbh, of Neerja fame!

Sonam Kapoor starrer movie Neerja has taken box-office by storm. While the audience and critics alike have gone ga-ga over the outstanding performances of Sonam Kapoor and Shabana Azmi, the big stellar from the movie has been Jim Sarbh, the actor who plays the terrifying mad terrorist Khalil. His marvelous performance left people unsure whether to love him or hate him.

The Mumbai born Parsi has trained as a psychologist from Emory University in Atlanta and took up acting after he moved to Mumbai. Jim is a theatre actor and director. Before Neerja, he shared the stage with actors like Kalki Koechlin and Ira Dubey in various plays. Recently, he was also seen in an advertisement for Rajasthan Tourism. His grandfather Kali Pundole founded the Pundole Art Gallery in 1963. Sarbh comes from the family of the oldest art promoters of Independent India. Jim totally enjoyed his experience working as a violent terrorist for which he put a lot of efforts. So much that he didn’t talk to anyone on set, only trying to get into the character. His work in Neerja has won over all of Bollywood.

Celebs who went ahead tweeting about his jaw dropping performance:

Sonam Kapoor: Jimmy you’re a star now! @jimsarbh it’s your moment too! Come back come back!

Kalki Koechlin: I like being original but this time I have to agree with the crowd, @jimSarbh steals the show in #Neerja

Irfan Khan: A big #salute to the entire cast of #Neerja. @sonamakapoor u were great and @jimSarbh , u have won all our hearts!

Karan V Grover: @jimSarbh absolutely flawless performance #Neerja , i loved whn u made her sing & shook ur hand in dislike :), impeccable:) keep shining !

Ayushmann Khurrana: @jimSarbh you are a crazy performer! Well done Jim ‘saab’


We will soon see the much hated-loved Jim in other projects like Death of a Ganj — a Konkana Sen Sharma film, where he is working with veterans like Om Puri, Tanuja, Gulshan Devaiya, Ranveer Shorey and Vikrant Massey. He is also playing the role of a Mexican janitor in Rajat Kapur’s play What Is Done Is Done.

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