‘I’ll be called sex­ist for be­ing over­pro­tec­tive’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

Usu­ally soft-spo­ken, ac­tor Tiger Shroff (far left) says that he is “over­pro­tec­tive” be­yond imag­i­na­tion when it comes to his sis­ter Krishna Shroff (left). “If you ask me, I’m the kind of guy who just wants to wrap his sis­ter in a blan­ket, be­cause I am an over-pro­tec­tive brother,” says Tiger. “I know that af­ter say­ing this, peo­ple will say, ‘Oh, he’s sex­ist,’ and I’ll be called all sorts of names. But I don’t care, be­cause peo­ple like to per­ceive things in their own way.”

Tiger re­cently faced flak for call­ing his fe­male co-stars “pad­ding”, but he later clar­i­fied that the word was used for any­thing out­side his own zone in a film project, and that he wasn’t re­fer­ring to the fe­male leads specif­i­cally. Given how pro­tec­tive he is, we ask why Tiger didn’t fire at those who trolled Krishna for post­ing her “top­less” photos on Instagram — the photos, in fact, only showed her bare back — even though his father, ac­tor Jackie Shroff, was vo­cal about the mat­ter.

Tiger says, “I didn’t take a stand be­cause I don’t see any­thing wrong with what my sis­ter posted… it wasn’t in your face. A lot of peo­ple out there get [all sorts of] photo shoots done and post their pic­tures, so it’s her wish. Ev­ery­body has that free­dom of [ex­pres­sion] and… you can’t al­ways ex­pect pos­i­tive [re­ac­tions] from oth­ers.”

The ac­tor, whose films in­clude Heropanti (2014), Baaghi, A Fly­ing Jatt (2016) and the re­cent re­lease Munna Michael, calls his sis­ter his “most hon­est critic”.

Stat­ing that his father rarely gives him feed­back on his per­for­mance, Tiger adds, “The max­i­mum in­puts come from Krishna. She has stud­ied film­mak­ing, so she’s very in­tel­lec­tual in that sense. The best piece of advice she gave me was, ‘Don’t overdo it, and just be in the char­ac­ter. Don’t do too much, don’t do too lit­tle.’” Be­ing an as­sis­tant on the sets of Munna Michael, Krishna, says Tiger, “was like my se­cond di­rec­tor”.

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