“I have fallen in love so many times but the girls I have loved haven’t loved me back.”
In conversation with Tiger Shroff ahead of his Heropanti release!
The Heropanti promos seem all about your ripped body and impressive dance moves.
I started going to the gym at the age of 15 and I have been interested in martial arts from childhood. I started dancing as well at the same time. So all this was not difficult for me, what was difficult for me was acting. I had no formal experience in acting but I am happy that I had time to learn thanks to Sajid sir (Nadiadwala, the producer) and Sabbir sir (Khan, director) who made me go through many workshops which helped me open up in front of the camera.
Was your dad, actor Jackie Shroff, okay with you choosing acting as a career?
In fact, my dad wanted me to be anything but an actor because he knew that there is going to be lot of pressures on a star kid, and he wanted to keep me safe from all that. But after graduation, I didn’t have anything academically. I started getting a lot of offers; and I was lucky to get Heropanti which showcased my acting and dancing skills.
People compare you with Jackie. Are you okay with that?
As a star son, I know there are expectations from me and I am ready for that. That pressure is my strength, my fire. This is what motivates me to work harder.
What did Jackie have to say about your Heropanti performance?
My father is very happy with whatever he has seen because in real life I am very shy. This is the first time he has seen my work so he couldn’t recognize me.
Has he given you advice?
He always tells me … bolna kam, sunna zyaada – and I believe in that. Frankly speaking, he hasn’t told me anything about acting or the movies. He thinks of me as his competition since I am a fellow actor now.
There are a lot of comments about your name (Tiger) in the social media. Does that bother you?
Not at all. In today’s day and age, publicity is publicity. If I am being talked about, then I have already won, I have got people’s attention. My job is to entertain people, so if my name is entertaining you then I am happy. I love my name, Tiger.
How well do you bond with your sister, Krishna?
She and my mother are my best friends. I can talk about anything to them. They are my emotional support system. I usually spend most of my time at home with them because my dad was busy with shootings.
As the son of a busy star, did you feel you did not get enough time with him during your childhood?
Not really, because he used to try shooting in Mumbai itself; and I am very thankful for that. My dad is a very bindaas guy who talks openly from his heart. At home too, he is the same.
Debutant actors often fall in love with their co-stars. Did that happen with you?
Afsos ki baat hai … aisa kuchh nahin hua. Kriti and I are very good friends; and I don’t wan’t to change that.
You have shot intimate scenes with her … was that difficult?
Kriti is such a bindaas, confident girl, she reminds me of my father. Knowing that I am shy, she would say, ‘Chill, relax, I am not going to bite you’ so there was no awkwardness with her.
What’s your relationship status?
Single. I have fallen in love so many times but the girls I have loved haven’t loved me back.
- By Anita Britto, Bollywood News Service