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On the rise: BAAGHI Tiger Shroff on 'kicks' of HEROPANTI, Bruce Lee and more

April 26, 2016 3:08:26 PM IST
By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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A fifth degree black belt in Taekwondo, Bollywood's next martial arts star, the man who helped Aamir Khan build his physique for DHOOM 3 and of course, the tough contender for the best dancer in B-town - Tiger Shroff is no longer the new kid on the block. Son of famous Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff became a wonder with his debut in HEROPANTI gathering all the eyeballs for his exceptional dancing skills and martial arts techniques.

His highly awaited BAAGHI produced by his mentor Sajid Nadiadwala and favorite director Sabbir Khan promises to put him in a new different league co –starring Shraddha Kapoor. Eagerly awaiting the audience reaction this Friday for the film which introduces India's unique and ancient martial art form Kalaripayattu, Tiger sits and shares his aspirations, inspiration and what makes him different from the Kapoors, Khan's and sons of Bollywood.



What was the biggest motivation for you to do BAAGHI, working again with Sabbir Khan, an action thriller?
I am very lucky to get whatever I ever wanted. Got the chance to work with my mentor Sajid Nadiadwala again, in his film with my favorite director Sabbir Khan, having a script that allows me to showcase my talent and my strength to the fullest.

With just one film HEROPANTI, you became a sort of a rage, making everybody turn their heads and notice, especially the kids. What you think has contributed, pushed you into becoming a star and become so popular amongst kids?
Blessed to start my career with something like HEROPANTI and all thanks to Sajid Sir again. The album of HEROPANTI became a hit and I have tried to put in some dancing in every song. My introduction in the film was on a lighter tone in spite of all the full blown action. Something like Jackie Chan used to do. Maybe the fun element in my introduction, my dancing and flying in the air skills made the kids getting fascinated towards me and I am glad I was able to entertain them in HEROPANTI and hopefully will try to repeat that in a better way in BAAGHI.

''When I was four years old, I saw a movie called ENTER THE DRAGON starring Bruce Lee and instantly I started dreaming to become like him one day''

Your inspiration behind those flying kicks and interest in martial arts?
When I was four years old, I saw a movie called ENTER THE DRAGON starring Bruce Lee and instantly I started dreaming to become like him one day. The image got registered on my mind and I started working on how to get closer and closer to that image and the strive is still on..

And Bruce Lee was a great dancer as well
(very excited) Oh yeah!!.. he use to do chacha chacha.. you also seem to be a big fan.. Undoubtedly, Bruce Lee is the introduction to martial arts to millions of Indians since decades and I am just one of them who is highly inspired by the great legend.

So what improvement from HEROPANTI will the audience see in Tiger in BAAGHI and how more close will the film bring you to your icon's set image in your mind?
You will see a more aware Tiger in BAAGHI. Now I have learnt the art a bit on the performance aspect as well. Also learnt a bit on action, it's not easy to kick, fly in the air and maintain the same expression, I am more understanding of my director now. Sabbir sir doesn't have to spoon feed me that much now. We have developed a special sign language amongst ourselves. Just an eye contact, a gesture explains whether my director is happy or not. The HEROPANTI journey has been quite educational and without patting my back, I can simply say that I am little more aware as an actor now.

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