Tiger Shroff is considered the ‘Action Hero’ of the current generation Bollywood. He began in the industry with action and romance, and continues to do the same genre. Unlike most actors, he’s quite secure in the body of work he’s doing and often claims it’s a dream come true. Unlike his father Jackie Shroff, he’s a shy and quiet person. He’s a complete loyalist and super humble to the people he associates with. This endearing young actor is going to serve action like never before with an international touch in an Ahmed Khan directorial ‘Baaghi 2’ where he’s paired with the ever so gorgeous Disha Patani. The film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the Nadiadwala and Grandsons Productions.
We sat down with Tiger Shroff to talk about his upcoming film and here’s what he had to say:
Q. Before ‘Baaghi 2’ has even released, ‘Baaghi 3’ has been announced with you. What do you have to say about that?
Tiger Shroff: I’m very happy that Sajid (Nadiadwala) Sir who is the producer of our film is showing so much confidence in our product and that’s why he has also announced ‘Baaghi 3’ and that has built an expectation among the audiences as well. The trailer of ‘Baaghi 2’ has been received well. I’m very happy right now.
Q. With ‘Baaghi’ being accepted in the way it did, are there increased expectations with ‘Baaghi 2’ from the audiences?
Tiger Shroff: Yes, it has already from Baaghi this is has been the case, it was a Hit and the USP was action. We had to take it forward because that’s what the audiences want. Luckily we’ve got a great story to back the action along with a great cast. I hope we match up to that expectation.
Q. How comfortable is it working with the Naidwala and Grandsons Productions?
Tiger Shroff: I’m most comfortable working here. It’s really like my house. And Sajid Sir is like a father figure to me. I’ve accepted offers from him without bothering about the script because that’s out of no choice.
Q. The way you do action is something that no actor of the current generation is tapping into. What’s your take on that?
Tiger Shroff: Action is a universal genre and has a mass appeal. I don’t know why anyone would not want to take that. The main ‘heroes’ have always been the one who do action and are loved by the masses. Salman Khan is what he is because of that genre. In my father’s (Jackie Shroff) time, and his contemporaries like Sanjay Dutt and Sunny Deol were the ‘macho’ heroes. Action is the appeal of our country. The rom-comes and chocolate boy image heroes are more urban and multiplex sort of a flavour. But the main centers would still watch a ‘Sultan’ or ‘Dangal’ or ‘Baaghi’. Such films do the earnings.
The level of action in the Baaghi series is maybe something that the actors are not doing but Varun (Dhawan) has done a ‘Badlapur’ and that was great, Sid (Sidharth Malhotra) in ‘Ek Villain’, there are hints in these films but maybe not pure action genre.
Q. Do you not aspire to do something apart from what you’re already doing?
Tiger Shroff: I’m happy in this space and nobody is attempting which gives me a little more chance. I love the feeling of getting an identity of an action hero and be called a great dancer. I feel like I’ve got some acceptance in a small way.
Having said that, I’m trying something different in ‘Student Of The Year 2’ which is a contrast from all my films. Here I’m getting beaten up and bullied which in ‘Baaghi 2’ I’m a one man army. I start shooting for the film tomorrow onwards.
Q. Is there a favorite action scene of yours from ‘Baaghi 2’?
Tiger Shroff: ‘Baaghi 2’ is completely different. The story and my character are different. The scale of the action is much higher. It’s more outdoors. The climax sequence was my favourite to do. I’m sure the audiences will be on the edge of their seats. It was the most mentally challenging thing to shoot. I’ve never done something quiet as dangerous before. I hope it’s worth it and keeps you entertained.
Q. You’ve had a complete transformation for your role in ‘Baaghi 2’. How did it happen?
Tiger Shroff: I’ve never changed myself as much as I have for ‘Baaghi 2’, I completely chopped my hair off. I challenged myself physically and built some muscles. All of that was required for the character and challenging for me personally. I’m very much open to changes.
Q. What are your boundaries as an actor?
Tiger Shroff: I definitely cannot so pornography for a film. I’ll not do nudity as an actor. But I’ve gone semi nude for Baaghi for the torture scene. Other than that I don’t have any hesitations as an actor. The producers and directors convinced me to push my boundaries.
Q. You also have ‘Rambo’ coming up and the action in ‘Baaghi 2’ feels quite similar to the Rambo genre. How are you planning to differentiate?
Tiger Shroff: I have no idea what I’m going to do in ‘Rambo’. I’ve done so much in ‘Baaghi 2’ already. The geography shall definitely change and ofcourse the story shall be different or even the weapons and action choreography. Rambo has longer hair and a completely different look.
Q. Syllvester Stallone had shared the poster of ‘Rambo’. How did it feel?
Tiger Shroff: His reaction was amazing. I’ve grown by watching the man. He shared the poster and wished me luck. What more I could ask for.
Q. The amount of exposure that you’re getting in the film is more compared to the other actors casted, especially Disha might not come across that strong. What do you have to say?
Tiger Shroff: Disha (Patani) has a very strong character in the film. The trailer is cut in a way where the audience is enticed with the action. Because Baaghi was accepted on the USP of the film which was action. Naturally people are expecting us to take the action level a notch up but the film is very character and story driven. There’s Disha, there’s Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Prateik Babbar, Deepak Dobriyal, Darshan Kumaar and others. We have a great star cast. The film has amazing moments.
Q. How was it working with Disha after the music video?
Tiger Shroff: Disha and I share a great relationship so it was very easy going with her and a comfortable feeling. Romancing with her was easy and the emotional scenes came naturally. It’s worked well for the film.
Q. Your haircut from ‘Baaghi 2’ is becoming a rage. How nervous were you throughout the process?&
Tiger Shroff: I think I’ve gained the trust of more people and definitely more eyeballs. And that’s because of my look. I’m glad I cut my hair. It’s brought a little more attention. I was emotional though while cutting my hair. I was scared at first too. I had long hair for as far as I can remember. When the haircut happened I felt naked. I didn’t want to go out or show my face in public.
Q. What are you doing next?
Tiger Shroff: After ‘Student Of The Year 2’, I’m doing the Yash Raj film with Hrithik (Roshan) Sir and then ‘Baaghi 3’ and then ‘Rambo’.
Q. Where do you get your inspiration from for the action scenes?
Tiger Shroff: I watch a lot of action videos on YouTube.
Q. Is there a Dream role that you’d like to do?
Tiger Shroff: I would like to do what Brad Pitt had done in ‘Troy’.