I WANT TO GO HIGHER THAN MY DAD: TIGER

Tiger Shroff is proud of his dad Jackie Shroff’s star­dom but wants to be fa­mous like his idol Michael Jack­son

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My fa­ther is a big per­son­al­ity, and to come out of his shadow and cre­ate my own niche has been a tough task TIGER SHROFF, AC­TOR

Ac­tor Jackie Shroff (above) de­fined the quin­tes­sen­tial hero im­age for Bol­ly­wood in 1980s and 1990s. And now, his son Tiger

Shroff (left), who has gained pop­u­lar­ity among the youth, aims at sur­pass­ing the fame that his fa­ther has gar­nered.

“I re­spect my fa­ther. I want to go higher than what my fa­ther has achieved. I want to take his name for­ward and reach a level, where only hand­ful of peo­ple have reached— like my idol Michael Jack­son and Bruce Lee. Ev­ery kid in ev­ery cor­ner of the world knows who Michael Jack­son is and I want to reach that level,” says Tiger, whose ac­tion and danc­ing prow­ess has got him loyal fans in Bol­ly­wood.

The ac­tor, who made his Bol­ly­wood de­but with Heropanti (2014), how­ever, ad­mits that to shed the ‘star kid’ im­age has been the tough­est task so far. “My fa­ther is such a big per­son­al­ity, and to come out of his shadow and cre­ate my own niche, au­di­ence, and iden­tity has been tough,” he adds. From work­ing in com­mer­cial hits to be­com­ing the brand am­bas­sador of a kid’s tele­vi­sion show, Tiger has shot to fame in no time, but he wants peo­ple to un­der­stand that be­ing an ac­tor’s son isn’t as easy as it may ap­pear from out­side.

“There is dou­ble pres­sure on us (star kids) and we’ve to do things ex­actly as every­one else does and we get no­ticed eas­ily as we’ve a legacy be­hind us. When lights go off in the cinema, your par­ents aren’t hold­ing your hand. It’s you who has to take the legacy for­ward. So, if good work comes your way and you are tal­ented, you’ll get ex­po­sure,” he says.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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