‘SO GEN­ER­OUS OF HIM TO WRITE’

Tiger Shroff felt ‘it was sur­real’ when he saw a mes­sage from Sylvester Stal­lone

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Ithought at first it wasn’t real,” says Tiger Shroff (above), who’ll star in the of­fi­cial Hindi re­make of the cult film Rambo, when he saw a mes­sage from Sylvester Stal­lone (in­set), the orig­i­nal John Rambo. Tiger thought that the very en­cour­ag­ing mes­sage was from one of his fan clubs. He soon dis­cov­ered to his ab­so­lute de­light that the post was by none other than Stal­lone him­self.

The char­ac­ter of ex-sol­dier John Rambo was in­tro­duced in the film First Blood (1982) and then ap­peared in three se­quels. It is one of the most iconic char­ac­ters in cin­ema.

About Stal­lone’s mes­sage, Tiger says that af­ter that first mo­ment of dis­be­lief, “I saw it was [from] his ver­i­fied ac­count”. He adds, “I thought I was dream­ing. It was so sur­real, and I was at a loss for words. I didn’t know how to re­spond. It was gen­er­ous and kind of [Stal­lone] to write the words he did. I didn’t know if I could thank him enough. I just wanted him to know that there is no way any­body can re­place him. We’re just pay­ing trib­ute to him.” So is Stal­lone his idol? “Who isn’t a fan of Sylvester Stal­lone?” asks Tiger. “When you think of ac­tion, his name is syn­ony­mous with ac­tion.”

The ac­tion of the re­make is on a huge scale, and on all ter­rains. Stal­lone is “def­i­nitely watch­ing”, says Tiger, and “we don’t want to let him down.”

PHOTO: VI­RAL BHAYANI

PHOTO:ERNESTO RUSCIO/ GETTY IMAGES

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