Tiger Shroff: I’d like a damsel in distress to rescue me
Tiger Shroff, B-Town’s latest superhero, is hoping to com plete a hat-trick of hits with A Flying Jatt after Heropanti and Baaghi hit bull’s eye at the box-office. But he doesn’t believe he has achieved anything yet. “Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee are my idols.In their comparison, I haven’t even started yet,” says the student of cinema who will soon take Karan Johar’s Student of the Year franchise ahead.
SOTY 2 will be directed by Punit Malhotra and buzz is it’ll have two heroines. Gossip goes that Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara as well as the Big B’s granddaughter, Navya Naveli Nanda, and Boney Kapoor and Sridevi’s daughter, Janhvi, are in contention. Tiger, ever the diplomat, will not be drawn into a discussion about these ladies but does admit that he loved the music and campus vibe of the earlier film which made Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra household names. “I liked the fact that sports was a crucial part of the narrative. The movie reminded me a lot of High School Musical, one of the movies I really like. It’s an honour to be part of the franchise now,” he asserts.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Khan has taken over reins of the Baaghi franchise from Sabbir Khan and Tiger describes him as family, saying there’s a lot he can learn from AK. On the subject of Sabbir’s next, Munna Michael, which is a tribute to MJ, he’s mum, saying he hasn’t started rehearsing those iconic moves yet.
However he’s flying with his fantasy adventure, A Flying Jatt, more so after CBFC Chairperson, Pahlaj Nihalani’s tweet. “It’s a huge compliment because Jai Santoshi Maa is one of the biggest films in Indian cinema.If such a senior person is saying this about our film, it’s already a victory in itself,” he exults.
As a desi superhero, Tiger will rescue many damsels in distress. Which one would he rush to help in real life? “I’d like a damsel in distress to rescue me. I don’t know why we believe that girls are always damsels in distress, I believe we are equals,” he asserts, sounding suddenly as fierce as his get-up, the blue costume inspired by the Sikh warriors. He admits he’d like to keep the costume as a memento. “But since Part 2 is already in the works, I won’t be able to keep it,” he rues.
He goes on to reveal that even with Superman’s moves he was intimidated by co-star Nathan Jones who has been a part of Hollywood films like Mad Max: Fury Road.”Fighting Nathan Jones was scary, my heart would beat really fast as I pushed myself harder to take on this superb athlete,” he confesses.
Moving on to his social life, while his contemporaries are always taking off on vacations, it’s all work and no play for Tiger. “I’ll take a vacation sometime in the future but for now it’s all work. I’m not much of a traveller nor am I very social,” he admits, saying his father (Jackie Shroff) is his best friend. “A superhero is someone who makes everybody happy and my father, he is the most generous man I’ve seen, always making people happy,” he asserts. And what about Disha Patani outside whose house his car is often spotted? “She’s a friend,” he quips and flies off before you can say, “It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Superman!”