Tiger’s hair-rais­ing tales

Shroff ad­mits be­ing anx­ious about chop­ping off his locks for Baaghi 2; mak­ers tried seven styles be­fore ze­ro­ing in on ac­tor’s fi­nal look

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TIGER Shroff’s lus­trous curls seem to hin­der the vi­sion that the mak­ers of Baaghi 2 have for their lead­ing man. The ac­tor, much to his dis­may, has gone chop­pity-chop at the be­hest of pro­ducer Sa­jid Na­di­ad­wala and di­rec­torAhmed Khan to get into his ac­tion avatar.

Buzz is, Shroff tried out seven it­er­a­tions over three months be­fore green-light­ing his cut. The ac­tor tells mid­day, “I was a lit­tle sad be­cause I’m at­tached to my long hair and have had it for the ma­jor part of my life. But, as an ac­tor, you change as per the de­mands of every role. I think it was apt [to get the cut] for my char­ac­ter. I have been get­ting ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the new look and am thank­ful to Ahmed sir and Sa­jid sir for strap­ping me down to a chair as they chopped it off.”

Khan ad­mits that con­vinc­ing the ac­tor to let go of his long locks was chal­leng­ing. “He loves his curls. Sa­jid and I bounced the idea off him. But, he re­sponded with a: ‘What­ever you feel is fine, sir.’” Given that Shroff is par­tic­u­lar about his ap­pear­ance, the mak­ers were cer­tain to tread care­fully while play­ing with his tresses. “We started chop­ping off his hair, bit by bit. Tiger would come to of­fice every five days [to show us how it looked]. We cut his hair seven times, then thought that even if this style didn’t suit him, we could get ex­ten­sions. But, he kept look­ing bet­ter.”

Tiger Shroff

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