‘Tiger Shroff’ in conversation with ‘Divya Solgama’ (Source – Bollywood Times)
Divya Solgama – Tiger, ‘Baaghi’ was known for it’s action and music. So do you think it’s sequel ‘Baaghi 2’ will raise the expectation level to it’s peak and the same might happen with the ‘Baaghi 3’, which has been announced even before the sequel as released?
Tiger Shroff – I am very happy that the producer Sajid Sir is showing so much confidence in our product. I think that’s why he has obviously announced ‘Baaghi 3’. I am sure there will be expectations from the audience because of the sort of confidence that we have shown on our film. Also, I am very thankful that the film’s trailer has been well-received. So that being said, I am very happy right now. But I think there has been expectations right from ‘Baaghi’ because that film was a hit. The USP of that film was action and we just had to push that further because that’s what the audience wanted. Luckily, we have got a great story to back the action in ‘Baaghi 2’. We have a great cast. I can say that we will match up to that expectations and go further.
Divya Solgama – Which is your favourite action scene from Baaghi 2?
Tiger Shroff – The climax action sequence in ‘Baaghi 2’. I am sure you guys would be at the edge of your seats. That’s was definitely my most challenging scene not just physically but even mentally as well. I have never done something dangerous like this before. I just hope that it’s worth it in the end and the audience is entertained.
Divya Solgama – Tiger, you had to work on your body as well as experiment with your hair style in this movie. So was ‘Baadhi 2’ physically challenging?
Tiger Shroff – I have never changed myself like what I did for ‘Baaghi 2’. Completely chopping off my hair…now it’s grown back..it feels like getting back to normal (smiles) Pushing out myself physically and putting on muscle for the role. All these things were very challenging for my character and for me personally as well. I am very much open to these changes now. My new hair cut was very well-accepted by the public. I was initially very scared about how they would react to my new look. They graciously accepted that and now that has given me the confidence to take risks and try different looks. Also, I went semi-nude for the torture scene in ‘Baaghi 2’. The director and the producers sort of convinced me to do this scene.
Divya Solgama – How was it working with Disha Patani along with the other supporting cast in ‘Baaghi 2’?
Tiger Shroff – It was fun. We share a great relationship. So, it’s very easy-going with her. It’s a comfortable feeling working with her. Doing romance with Disha is easy. Even the emotional scenes because there’s just an easy-going factor between us. Disha plays a very strong character in the film. The trailer is cut in such a way to lure in the audience because of the action. The first film ‘Baaghi’ was accepted on the basis of its USP which is the action. People are expecting us to take it even higher. But, it’s a very character-driven film. There’s me, Disha, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Prateik Babbar, Deepak Dobriyal and Darshan Kumar. We have got a decent cast and we have got some great meoments in the film.
Divya Solgama – The trailer of ‘Baaghi 2’ reminds one of the big-budget Hollywood action flicks particularly Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rambo’ especially the few action scenes. How different would be your Hindi remake of ‘Rambo’ from ‘Baaghi 2’?
Tiger Shroff – I have no idea. I don’t know what I am going to do in ‘Rambo’ now. (laughs) Let’s see. I am sure the story will make a difference. The weapons which I would be using there and my look would be different. The best thing which has happened till date related to ‘Rambo’ is Sylvester Stallone wishing us on social media. It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it. Before going off to sleep, I was just looking at his tweet for hours for the good feeling. I have grown up watching this man and here he was writing and wishing me luck. What more could I ask for?
Divya Solgama – Tiger, the action genre was one of the most prominent genres in the late 80s, 90s and to some extend the early 2000s. But slowly, this trend started changing. Despite there being a huge audience for this genre, lesser action films are being made today. Why do you think the producers and actors from your generation are holding back from dabbling with this genre?
Tiger Shroff – I don’t know what is holding them back. Varun (Dhawan) did ‘Badlapur’, that was fantastic. Sid (Sidharth Malhotra) has done some action in ’Ek Villain’. There are hints of it, but it’s not in the pure action genre and I don’t know why people are still not tapping into that. I truly believe that action is a universal language and it has mass appeal. As far as I remember, all the mass heroes in our industry have been action heroes. Look what Salman Khan primarily does and in my father’s (Jackie Shroff) time, Sanjay Dutt, Suny Deol and my dad, all these guys were the macho heroes. So, I think action definitely appeals in our country and the whole rom-com generation or romantic and chocolate boy hero (concept) is a very urban, city, multiplex sort of flavour. But when you talk about mass appeal, it is films like ‘Sultan’, ‘Dangal’ and ‘Baaghi’ which definitely do the runs. Also, I am happy in this space (action) and I am glad that no one (his contemporaries) is really attempting it. This gives me a little more chance to do more such films.
Divya Solgama – Tiger, do you fear of getting typecast? Would you like to do films which don’t belong to the action genre?
Tiger Shroff – I love that feeling of getting typecast. Because getting that identity of an action hero/ dancing makes me feel that I have got some acceptance in some small way. So for me, that’s a victory. I am trying something else in ‘Student Of The Year 2’. It’s a complete contrast of ‘Baaghi 2’. For instance, I am getting bullied and beaten up there. Whereas, in ‘Baaghi 2’, I am doing the entire opposite.
Divya Solgama – Finally, talking about your looks, do you feel you are more accepted by your fans now?
Tiger Shroff – Yes, I think I have gained the trust of more people. I have attracted more eyeballs because of my look. I am very happy that I cut my hair which has caught a little more attention. Initially, I was very scared to go for this haircut because I had long hair for the longest time. And suddenly, one day I had to let go of them. I felt naked. I hated to go out and used to keep wearing a beanie to hide away from the public glare.