Even though he is just two films old in Bollywood, Tiger Shroff knows exactly what he wants from his career. The young actor says he “wants to be the best”.
As he prepares for the release of his upcoming film, A Flying Jatt, he talks about being competitive, and tells us why his father, actor Jackie Shroff, is his hero.
The last time we spoke, you said you were in a “secure place”. Where are you now?
After delivering two hits, I felt I was in a secure place, but that didn’t stop me from going back to being in an insecure place soon after. It is my insecurity that pushes me. Had this not been the case, I wouldn’t have been able to deliver every day.
Also, I will never go looking for work. I want work to look for me. I will never approach a director. If he or she feels I’m worthy, he or she will approach me. Being a sportsman, I’m very competitive. I want to be different, and I want to be the best. I have big shoes to fill and I have great expectations from myself.
Does competition bother you?
I love competition. If there was no competition, then we wouldn’t be doing so much good work. This inspires me to take them (other actors) head on.
Watch: Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez in the trailer of A Flying Jatt
You shot for some intense action scenes with Hollywood actor Nathan Jones in your upcoming film. How was the experience?
It was scary, but it was also a learning experience. I learnt a lot about how to take a hit and react to it in order to make the villain look powerful. It was the scariest kind of education ever. You stand in the frame and you see a wall (Nathan) charging at you. Even you have to charge at him, and you have to look brave too. It is a tough job. I should get an Oscar just for standing next to him.
A few months ago, film-maker Subhash Ghai tweeted that he’s happy that you have turned out to be as humble as your father…
He is family to us. I will do anything for him. It is because of him that I’m here. Had he not launched my father in Hero (1983), who knows where I would have been? When I was born, he had put a gold coin in my hand, and told my dad, “Yeh tere bete ka signing amount hai (this is your son’s signing amount).” My mum still has that coin. I would love to work with him some day.
How did you feel playing a superhero?
I always wanted to play a superhero. It is a dream come true for me. I hope this film becomes a franchise. There are plans, but let’s see how people react to this one. My character in the film is that of a different kind of a superhero. He is childlike. He is also scared of his powers and of society.
Watch: Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez’s song Beat Pe Booty from A Flying Jatt
Did you always have big plans for yourself?
I want to better myself with each passing day. My dreams come from the people I idolise. They have been extremists - be it Michael Jackson or Bruce lee. They brought about change. I want to be like them. I want to bring about change. I want every kid in the world to know my name.
You seem to be different from your father, who is a very relaxed person. What do you two bond over?
He is my first hero. I’m always in awe of him. He never gives me a lecture on my career. We both made it [big] on our own. We discuss about food a lot.
It was reported that your father plans to take you to Teen Batti (an area he used to live in during his growing up years) as part of the preparation for your role in your next.
He has shown me his chawl [in Teen Batti] earlier. When I saw it, I realised how proud I am of him. I visualised him spending his growing up years there, living in a cramped room with five other people. It is amazing what he has done for himself.
The tag of serial kisser has been attached to you now owing to your kissing scene with Shraddha Kapoor in Baaghi and also with Disha Patani in your single, ‘Befikra’…
I didn’t know that. I guess I got lucky.
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