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I was wrong. Numbers do matter: Tiger Shroff

‘Heropanti’ and ‘Baaghi’ actor Tiger Shroff is honest enough to concede that as an absolute newcomer, he did not believe in the numbers game and how many crore a film made. But after the phenomenal success of ‘Baaghi-2’ he has become a believer.

lucknow Updated: May 13, 2019 14:56 IST
Deep Saxena
Deep Saxena
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Tiger Shroff with Ananya Pandey and Tara.

‘Heropanti’ and ‘Baaghi’ actor Tiger Shroff is honest enough to concede that as an absolute newcomer, he did not believe in the numbers game and how many crore a film made. But after the phenomenal success of ‘Baaghi-2’ he has become a believer.

“That was until ‘Baaghi-2’ did well at the box office. After the film rocked the box office and notched up the numbers that it did, people started looking to me in a different light. I am grateful that those numbers changed my life in a way. Now, I completely believe that big numbers are a measure of your success,” said the actor on a visit to Lucknow with co-actors Ananya Pandey and Tara.

The actor said that with every film release he feels pressure. “I guess every actor faces the same pressure with every film in the journey. It’s a very healthy thing but if you get satisfied your growth stops. With every film, the struggle grows and it gets more difficult to prove and show different facets of your craft,” he said.

With his next film, ‘Student of the Year -2 (SOTY2)’ lined up for release, he feels extra pressure. “Sequels are added pressure but also a huge privilege to be a part of because a new film means that the prequel was successful. Expectations increase and there is added pressure too. It has been a successful franchise so that adds to the pressure and we are hoping audience likes it so that SOTY legacy lives on.”

Actor Tiger Shroff with his leg wrapped in crape bandage, after he was hurt during a practise. ( Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo )

The actor says that his next film is very different from the prequel. “The dynamics of the film is very different and so is the love triangle. The prequel had two heroes and a heroine and here there are two girls and myself. Sports we are playing are also different, as we are playing kabaddi here. Story, journey and characters is completely different and St Teresa School is the only similarity in both the films. Everything is out of the box in the film, it’s very real compared to what is seen in the trailer and has lots of twists and turns.”

SOTY was more about fun in college so do we see some studies this time? “In fact, we will have that lesser than the first film,” he said with a smile and added, “The film is packed with more fun, entertainment, good songs, competition and action. I believe the youth will appreciate the film a lot.”

Talking about the college of which he is student in the film, Tiger said, “Kahin aisa college hota to phir main use zaroor join karta (If there had been a college like this, I would have loved to join it). It’s special for me as I did not get an opportunity to go to college, so this was my first college experience.”

Tara said that they have shot the film for a year and are now excited and nervous as the release is just coming. She is also a singer but she has not sung in this film. “I expect to sing in my third film which I will start in two weeks. The shoot for my second film ‘Marjaawan’ has just ended which is with Siddharth Malhotra.”

“We have made the film with a lot of love and so want to get the love of audience now,” said Ananya, daughter of actor Chunkey Pandey. On being a star kid she said, “They are so many popular actors, so comparisons are bound to happen but we are getting a lot of love due to them which makes us feel blessed.”

On his first visit to Lucknow, Tiger said, “We reached here at night (Monday) and found that the roads are very good and bahut shaant jagah hai (peaceful place) compared to Mumbai. So, we had a good sleep and next will savour some kebabs and return. I wished to explore the city more but unfortunately we have to leave.”

The actor came on a wheel chair, with his leg wrapped in crape bandage, after he was hurt during a practise recently.

First Published: May 10, 2019 18:02 IST