Mumbai: Actor Jackie Shroff said though his foray into the South Indian film industry was an impromptu one, he was thrilled by the love of fans who treat actors like 'god'.

"I am doing south films as people from south are approaching me. The filmmakers want me to be part of their films. It is not something I had planned. I had not thought of doing it," Jackie said.

Jackie, fondly called as Jaggu Dada, has done films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

The actor made his debut in Kannada by acting in 'Care of Footpath', directed by world's youngest film director, Kishan Shrikanth, who was then 10 years old, in 2006.

Jackie's entry in Malayalam industry was through 'Athishayan', a 2007 science fiction inspired from the 2003 American superhero film 'Hulk'.

'Aaranya Kaandam', a 2011 action film produced by S P Charan, son of renowned singer Balasubhramaniyam, marked debut of Jackie in Tamil films.

"In south, films are treated like religion and fans treat stars like gods. Rajnikanth is treated like a god. The audience shows their loyalty towards actors. They respect their actors a lot. There is a lot of talent in the south industry," Jackie said.

"Almost each and every person in the south would watch movie in theaters,very rarely would someone buy a DVD. Fans go extreme limits for their stars. Even if the film is atrocious they will go and watch it for their stars. In Bollywood, if a film is bad, you know audiences are not going to watch it," he said.

(Agencies)