I was waiting for the right script: Tiger Shroff
His debut film Heropanti released almost two years ago. Since then Tiger Shroff has not been heard much. The actor, who prefers to go slow and wait for the right script, will be seen next in Baaghi - A Rebel for Love, alongside Shraddha Kapoor. Shroff spoke to TWF correspondent Gaurav Sharma on his new films, martial art, his future projects and more
Excerpts from an interview:
It’s almost two years since the audience saw you in theatres
(Smiles) Yes, I know. I am doing great. I know this is one question that I will now be asked quite often. Yes, it has really been a while…since I made my debut; people expect a debutant to do more films. But I believe in focusing on one thing at a time. I know at times out of sight means out of mind but I am in no hurry. I was concentrating on my upcoming film Baaghi and wanted to give all my attention to it. And now that the film is nearing release, I am sure that the wait will be over
So you believe in waiting for the right script to come your way?
(Pauses) Yes, I think that’s how everyone works today. It’s not about doing more films but doing good films. I don’t want to make wrong choices so early on in my career though everything is not always in your hands. Heropanti gave me the right exposure and I was appreciated, so I was just taking my time for the right script to come my way and I think Baaghi is just the perfect second film for me.
Baaghi is one of the most awaited films this year
That really gives me a high. It is a lovely film with a lovely story of two lovers and how the situation turns this lover into a rebel.
In fact, the film’s producer Sajid Nadiadwala didn’t want to reveal your look too early before the film’s release
Yes, I understand the reason behind that. After my first film it was very important for me to do something different. A lot of hard work has gone into this film. I even took special training to perform a few stunts. So, it was quite obvious for the makers to keep my looks under wraps because they wanted to surprise the audience with my new look.
You will be seen romancing your childhood friend Shraddha Kapoor in the film
(Smiles) That definitely makes the film special to both of us. We have grown up together. Our fathers (Jackie Shroff and Shakti Kapoor) are good friends and contemporaries. So, we too share a great bonding. I think that helped a lot on the sets and it will definitely help the film too because our chemistry is the one to watch out for. Shraddha is a great performer and she has already proved that in a short span of time with some very good films like Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villain. Baaghi has both action and romance and I must say it was great working with Shraddha.
Baaghi means rebel. Are you a rebel in real life too?
Oh no, not really, I think my father (Jackie Shroff) is a bigger rebel. His attitude tells everything about him and for me he is the biggest rebel. I wish I can become like him.
Your father too did a lot of action films where he played a rebel and your first film Heropanti too was high on action
(Cuts in) In fact, Baaghi too is high on action but to be very honest I don’t want to get labelled as an action hero…at least not so early on in my career.
But you are known for being a brilliant martial arts performer…
Yes, but that’s something I like doing. I love sports and action and adventure sports. It’s something I have been doing for years now…I mean I was doing it even before I started nurturing the dreams of being an actor. It definitely has helped me a lot as an actor too because I can execute the action shots and sequences with more finesse. But that doesn’t mean I want to project myself as an action hero. I want to try out a variety of roles and that’s one of the reasons I am not rushing things. I am waiting for good roles where I have a scope to perform.
You also celebrated your birthday recently on March 2 and you were working throughout the day.
Yes. It was a working birthday for me and I enjoyed the day in my own way.
What are your plans now?
I am taking things as they come. I am enjoying my work and I hope I get to do a variety of roles.
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