AC­TION HERO, DANC­ING STAR... TIGER LOVES THESE TAGS

As Baaghi 2 tears through the box of­fice, Tiger Shroff counts his bless­ings and hopes to give oth­ers a hand

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With just five films to his credit so far, ac­tor Tiger Shroff, though a rel­a­tive new­comer, has achieved his own brand of star­dom — he is called “ac­tion hero” or “danc­ing star”, and he en­joys those tags, feel­ing that “it’s lovely to get an iden­tity”.

His lat­est re­lease, Baaghi 2, scored the big­gest open­ing week­end col­lec­tion this year so far, and has by now crossed the ₹140-crore mark. Tiger has put up a video on In­sta­gram, thank­ing ev­ery­one for mak­ing the film a huge suc­cess. In a free­wheel­ing chat, the ac­tor talks about cop­ing with fail­ure, be­ing given tags, break­ing an im­age (or not), and get­ting into

a new role in a big fran­chise.

How do you re­act when fans com­pare you with names such as Hrithik Roshan, Aamir Khan, and Ak­shay Ku­mar for your danc­ing, physique, and ac­tion scenes?

These are very big stars and the peo­ple you look up to while grow­ing up — they are the rea­son you do what you do. It’s very kind of peo­ple to think I’m like them, and I’m very happy that I am cre­at­ing an im­pact so early in my ca­reer.

It does cre­ate pres­sure, but it’s like the cel­e­bra­tion is hap­pen­ing in­side of me on hear­ing these things.

How do you feel about the tags?

It’s lovely to get an iden­tity and I’m blessed to have been given

that so early on. I am four films old (other than Baaghi 2) and peo­ple have tagged me as an ‘ac­tion hero’ or a ‘danc­ing star’.

You said you’re not try­ing to break any iden­tity with Stu­dent of the Year 2. Why the pres­sure to break an im­age in the first place?

There’s so much healthy com­pe­ti­tion out there. So, how does one stand out? I’m not say­ing be bet­ter or worse, but how does one get no­ticed? If I’m be­ing type­cast, that means I’m be­ing no­ticed. It’s like my badge, an ID card.

Will you miss per­form­ing high­oc­tane stunts in SOTY 2?

I’m very ex­cited and quite ner­vous about tak­ing that fran­chise for­ward, be­cause it’s

been such a huge suc­cess. But I’m blessed that I’ll get into a sort of dif­fer­ent vis­ual and char­ac­ter al­to­gether.

Your films Munna Michael (2017) and A Fly­ing Jatt (2016) didn’t do well. Did it pull you down?

Ini­tially, it did. But I’m thank­ful that I got into Baaghi 2 and my mind got di­verted. I felt like maybe this is the time to take a break from just show­cas­ing my tal­ents and fo­cus on story and let it drive things for­ward.

Does fail­ure put you un­der pres­sure to bounce back?

Def­i­nitely! And I think I had taken so much neg­a­tiv­ity and frus­tra­tion that I could chan­nel it into pos­i­tive en­ergy and show all of that ag­gres­sion in Baaghi 2. I worked my heart and soul out in this film.

Do you re­gret any choices?

No, I don’t re­gret any­thing,

be­cause I got to learn so much. Even if these films didn’t match my ex­pec­ta­tions at the box of­fice, I’m proud of them. I get a lot of praise for A Fly­ing Jatt and I’m glad that it reached its tar­get au­di­ence — that of kids.

Why do you feel that stunt­men don’t get their dues? What is it that you want to do for them?

When I do an ac­tion scene and I kick some­body in the chest and he goes fly­ing back, peo­ple say, ‘Arrey Tiger, kya laga yaar, kya power tha uss kick mein’. And I’m like, ‘Theek hai, but uska kya jo maar kha raha hai.’ These guys put their lives on the line, just to make the hero look like a hero, [but] no­body talks about them.

I want to do some­thing for ac­tion artists in my in­dus­try. Just like Jackie Chan has Jackie Chan Stunt Award, I want to have some­thing on those lines.

PHOTO AMAL KS/HT

Tiger Shroff says that he feels proud of ev­ery film he has done, even those that didn’t have box­of­fice suc­cess

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