Jackie Shroff is going international! Peepingmoon.com has learned that the veteran Bollywood actor who has over 200 films to his credit is now doing an international production that will see him playing the role of a frail 64-years-old man from Goa who goes on to launch a sensational music career in France. Jackie who was recently seen in Salman Khan's Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai has signed the film and will soon start the prep to get into the skin of his character before the film gets off the ground later this year.
The yet-untitled film is said to be based on the colourful life of Joseph Manuel Da Rocha, popularly known by the name of Slow Joe, who beat the odds to hit headlines at the 2009 edition of the Trans Musicales in Rennes, France. The film that boasts of an international cast and crew will focus on Joe and the chance discovery of his inmate singing talent by a French musician on the beaches of Goa that changed his life and marked the start of an amazing adventure called Slow Joe & The Ginger Accident, a musical band that went on to perform at over 250 concerts in the span of just five years in countries such as France, Spain, Italy, India Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium.
Billed as a co-production between India, France, and Singapore, the Slow Joe biopic will be directed by Soumik Sen who has previously helmed Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla starrer Gulaab Gang (2014) and Emraan Hashmi's Why Cheat India (2019). The Indian origin Singaporean producer Shreyashi Sen is backing this project under her Darpan Global banner. The film that will be made in three languages — English, French and Konkani — is scheduled to be shot in Goa, Mumbai, Paris, and Lyon in France.
Born on March 22, 1943, in Mumbai, Joe lived the life of a wandering poet for many years, from Delhi to the island of Choaro, smoking, drinking, and doing drugs. He had quite a history of drugs and alcohol addiction but had somewhat straightened out his life, working as a guide in Goa when a French musician discovered his rare crooner voice. When he died in 2016, Joe was a popular musician in Lyon, revered in a mural at the mayor’s office.