Is Tiger Karan Jo­har’s stu­dent of the year?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sub­hash K Jha

Film­maker Karan Jo­har has signed ac­tor Tiger Shroff to play the lead in the se­quel to Stu­dent Of The Year (SOTY). And we’ve got to know from a source close to Jo­har that it won’t in any way be con­nected to the first.

KJo’s 2012 hit di­rec­to­rial gave the film in­dus­try three young stars — Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. “The first SOTY film was a love tri­an­gle set in a col­lege cam­pus, but the sec­ond won’t have an­other lead­ing man. It’s a solo-hero film,” says the source. “Karan has al­ways been a Jackie Shroff fan. Work­ing with his son is some­thing he wanted to do from the time Tiger was ready to make his de­but,” adds the source.

With Tiger in a film, rest as­sured there will be dance and ac­tion. And ap­par­ently, the se­quences will be stylised to show­case Tiger’s stunt moves. “Karan wants to show­case Tiger’s danc­ing and ac­tion abil­i­ties,” says the source.

Ear­lier, there was buzz that ac­tor Shahid Kapoor’s younger half­brother Ishaan Khat­tar and Saif Ali Khan’s daugh­ter Sara Ali Khan were to play the lead roles in the film. There’s no con­fir­ma­tion on the fe­male lead as yet.

Ac­tor Tiger Shroff (left), who’s gear­ing up for a su­per­hero film, brands his fa­ther, ac­tor

Jackie Shroff (be­low), his first su­per­hero. In a re­cent in­ter­view, the 26-year-old talked about his Jackie’s su­per­hero film, Shiva Ka In­saaf (1985), be­ing his all-time favourite film.

“As a child, I used to watch that film over and over again. Ev­ery son’s first su­per­hero is his fa­ther. For me, he was Su­per­man and Bat­man com­bined,” said Tiger. Re­call­ing the time he would watch his dad do­ing su­per­hero stints, Tiger — who has acted in films such as Heropanti (2014) and Baaghi (2016) — said: “I loved see­ing my dad play the desi su­per­hero. It came nat­u­rally to him. He was tall, well-built and his body lan­guage au­to­mat­i­cally ren­dered it­self to the su­per­hero mould. I, on the other hand, had to work hard to fit in to that mould.” The ac­tor’s up­com­ing film has been mak­ing head­lines be­cause of its com­par­i­son with ac­tor Hrithik Roshan’s su­per­hero Kr­rish fran­chise.

On be­ing asked if he wishes to act in a re­make of any of his fa­ther’s films, Tiger had ear­lier said: “I’d like to work in the re­make of Parinda (1989; also star­ring ac­tor Mad­huri Dixit). This film is par­tic­u­larly close to my heart.” Film­maker Vidhu Vinod Cho­pra has al­ready made a loose re­make of the film with his Hol­ly­wood de­but Bro­ken Horses, which starred Thomas Jane and An­ton Yelchin.

PHOTO: RO­HAN SHRESTHA

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAX­ENA/HT

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