‘Why would I call my hero­ines pad­ding?’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sub­has K Jha htc­ity@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The nor­mally non­con­tro­ver­sial Tiger Shroff stirred a hor­net’s nest by us­ing the word “pad­ding” to sup­pos­edly mean the fe­male leads, Jhanvi Kapoor and Ananya Pan­day, in his film Stu­dent of the Year 2. Not so at all, says Tiger, set­ting the record straight.

“I was asked what I felt about work­ing with this hero­ine and that hero­ine. I re­sponded say­ing I don’t concern my­self with what’s be­yond my own space, per­for­mance, func­tion, and re­spon­si­bil­ity when I sign a project. The word ‘pad­ding’, there­fore, didn’t mean I con­sider women [to be] su­per­flu­ous props. It ap­plied to every­thing that falls be­yond my own pres­ence in a film. I would’ve used the same word for the di­rec­tor or the music di­rec­tor, with­out mean­ing to in­sult them.”

The ac­tor adds, “I know neg­a­tive news sells. So tak­ing one word out of con­text, pro­claim­ing that I called women ‘pad­ding’ is go­ing to make head­lines. But it’s not what I meant to say. I’ve been brought up in a home where my mom is treated as a god­dess. My dad would do noth­ing, ever, to hurt my mom. And we all treat my sis­ter as the queen of the house­hold. Dis­re­spect to women is not some­thing that I’d ever con­sider in my at­ti­tude.”

Right now, with all the film pro­mo­tions he has to do, Tiger is a bit worried about how his words would sound when sud­denly high­lighted on mass me­dia. “It’s ex­haust­ing to go from in­ter­view to in­ter­view. In an un­guarded mo­ment, I may end up us­ing the wrong word, which may at any time be am­pli­fied to cre­ate a shock­ing head­line,” he says.

In an un­guarded mo­ment, I may end up us­ing the wrong word, which may at any time be am­pli­fied to cre­ate a shock­ing head­line TIGER SHROFF, AC­TOR

PHOTO: PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT

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