Published On: Thu, Apr 28th, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Baaghi Tiger Shroff opens up on kissing Shraddha, Hrithik-Kangana war and his stunts

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Tiger Shroff, one-film-old in the industry, has waited patiently for two whole years before seeing himself on the screen again. His Heropanti hit the theatres in 2014. The box-office verdict declared the film a sleeper hit, and Tiger was suddenly the new star kid on the block to reckon with.

Jackie Shroff‘s son is now ready with his next, Sabbir Khan’s Baaghi, which is slated for an April 29 release. Tiger will be seen opposite Shraddha Kapoor in Baaghi. Working on this film has seen Tiger pushing himself to the extremes, with rigorous, round-the-clock special martial arts training.

The young actor, it is quite known by now, insists on doing his stunts on his own, without the help of a body double. Ask him what kind of mental preparation does that level of risk-taking take, and pat comes the answer, ” Growing up, my inspirations were Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, all these martial arts legends. I wanted to express my talent on screen in a certain way. I felt that it made me a little different. I don’t really feel the need to be mentally prepared. The need to be mentally prepared is only for my character. But when I’m performing the sequences, the preparation is already done.”

Baaghi sees both Tiger and Sabbir Khan in a project after two years; their last being the 2014 Heropanti. So what made both of them wait so long for a film? Sabbir has only praise for his hero, “It’s really great that Tiger chose to wait for so long for a film. Coming after his first film, after getting so much of appreciation, as an actor you want to start something else right away. That was remarkable on his part. I was delving into a lot of ideas, and finally this one clicked. Organically, we got along to doing Baaghi.”

The genesis of Baaghi, says the director, was a 2004 Telugu film called Varsham. “I watched Varsham, and the only thing that stayed with me is that it was an adaptation of the Ramayan. I wanted to tell that story, re-tell the Ramayan with my story,” says Khan.

Ramayan is all about ideal characters – Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman. Even the villain, Ravan, is an ideal one. So why add touches of ‘baaghi‘ to them? “The characters represent today’s times. So Sita will turn around and slap you if you act smart with her!” says the director.

Shraddha and Tiger have grown up together, they have been to the same school, and are really good friends. On camera, Tiger and Shraddha had to be intimate, kiss and do everything that their roles required. Did it ever get awkward for Tiger, kissing his friend? One could almost see Shroff being lifted a few inches into the air at this point. “Lucky me! Lucky me!” he says, “It was completely comfortable with her because she makes people around her very comfortable. She is a very cheerful, positive girl. There was no second thought, no awkwardness, nothing. When it came to work, we were just following our director’s orders and falling in love with each other.”

The conversation turns to Tiger’s parents, Jackie and Ayesha Shroff. How do they react when they see their son doing such deadly stunts. Tiger says, “Naturally, every parent would be concerned. But they are also aware that I’m very hardworking, they are aware of my capabilities.”

Baaghi is about being a ‘rebel in love’, or so the tagline would have one believe. How much of a rebel is Tiger off screen? “I can stand up for what I believe in. I don’t take the word ‘rebel’ in a negative connotation. I hope the meaning of the word changes after you watch Baaghi.”

Tiger has idolised Hrithik Roshan, calls him a mentor. His idol has been more in the news these days for his legal battle with Kangana Ranaut than anything else. “It is none of my business, really. I admire Hrithik Roshan for his work a lot. He has an edge over others because he is very hard on himself, he’s never complacent, and he’s still not happy with that. How much more perfect can you get than that?” gushes Tiger.

So does he aspire to be like Hrithik? “It’s a very tough thing, but someday… I hope so!”

 

News Source IndiaToday

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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