With his supercool dance moves and gravity defying martial arts stunts, Tiger Shroff has already carved a niche for himself in the industry. Just two films old, Tiger has been careful to choose the right projects that have kept him buzzing as a commercial star at the box-office. In an exclusive chat with Indian Express.com, the actor discusses his superhero role in A Flying Jatt, working with Amrita Singh and his professional journey in the industry so far.
Let’s start with Pahlaj Nihalani’s compliment for your film. Pleasantly surprised?
Remo sir(Remo D’Souza, director) told me about it and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a big compliment coming from a very senior person like Pahlaj sir. He is also a filmmaker himself. So a compliment coming from him is huge.
You are a superhero in A Flying Jatt. Always wanted to play one?
Yes. I always wanted to play a superhero. Right from childhood, I was fascinated by superhero qualities and always dreamt of acquiring the powers in real life. It’s a dream role for me. And what better person to direct a superhero film than Remo sir. He is one of my favourite directors.
What were the challenges you faced as an actor while preparing for this role?
This is the first time I have experimented with a new genre. The film combines comedy with action. I used to watch the likes of Jackie Chan to get an understanding of this genre and how he used to express his body language when he used to fight and the way he combined comedy in it. It’s a very difficult art to master.
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And wearing the superhero costume must have been difficult?
It felt very hot in the costume. My mask used to keep melting off my face because of the heat. And then after wearing the costume, I had to walk, talk and run in a certain manner. All those things were challenging.
How was it engaging in a duel with Hollywood action star Nathan Jones?
Nathan is not one of the easiest fighters to fight and it was quite scary facing Nathan Jones. But he is such a professional athlete and since he has a wrestling background he knows how to control his body and he is also a good actor. So he knew how to look scary, how to take punch and make the pain it look real.
How is he off-screen?
He is a large person but a gentle giant. He is absolute fun to be with. He never got angry or agitated on sets.
Kissing has become your forte now?
(Laughs) I didn’t realise it at all. I think kissing is very common. Lot of actors do it. If the script demands it and director has a vision, I have no problems kissing.
So no inhibitions as an actor while kissing?
None. When we are shooting, we are in a different zone where we don’t realise it. It’s only after pack-up, it sinks in that I have just kissed.
Amrita Singh plays you mother in the film. How was your bonding with her on sets?
I think she is the most talented and most coolest actors that I have ever worked with. She reminds me so much of my father(Jackie Shroff). I instantly got along with her. It felt like I was at home and she was like my mother. She is such a kind human being and very talented.
How would you describe your journey in Bollywood till now. Has it been a cakewalk or a struggle?
It’s not been a cakewalk. I have worked very hard and had immense mental pressure on me being my father’s son. When I was a kid, I used to see the craze around my father. Every time whenever we used to go out , the hysteria around him was unbelievable and somewhere deep down I felt so proud of him and felt even I want something like this. I thought it was such a celebrated life. Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful today to have become an actor. We are out there to be judged and anybody can say anything about us . Sometimes as an emotional person, you can’t take certain things like a certain sort of a remark. You have to be thick-skinned and be able to absorb all sorts of things in the industry and take it as it comes. I am thankful that I have separated myself from my father’s shadow and hopefully I am making my family proud.
You have also faced criticism at the start of your career. Did you ever feel bad hearing certain remarks?
Initially i used to feel bad and get emotional. because I thought celebrity life is very glorified and it’s like ‘wow’ to be one. Not many can see the hard work that we put into it. And six to seven months of hard work is judged by people in just two hours.
Congragulations on Student of the Year 2. Have you always been a fan of college romcoms?
I love high school musicals. I love singing, dancing, the competitions be it sports or dance or others. So yes, I am a fan of such movies.
Would you like to do a dance drama like ABCD 3 with Remo D’Souza?
Yes of course. Remo sir is a lovely person. I would like to work with him again.
Lastly, are you now used to all the link-up reports about your personal life that keep doing the rounds in media?
As an actor, everything in my life is magnified. It is part and parcel of our life. I just move on in life. And these reports don’t affect me as long as it is not negative.