This is not how you roar Tiger Image: Viral Bhayani
This week in outrageous Bollywood, Tiger Shroff, the three-film old star kid and Bollywood's answer to Rambo, has said that he does not involve himself with the casting of his female co-stars, because he doesn't care about the padding around him. Go figure.
"I don't get involved with the casting at all. I don't really care about the padding around me. It's the script and my character that matter," Tiger told Mumbai Mirror, when asked about who his female lead is going to be in his upcoming venture Student of the Year 2.
Not only is the statement obscenely sexist, but also substantially dumb, coming from somebody who has been in the industry for just three years. We've got news for you, Tiger — you're no SRK. The audience won't halt at the counters at the mere mention of your name on the poster. You need that 'padding', as you call it.
Interestingly, the two actors considered for the female lead in SOTY 2 are Jhanvi Kapoor and Ananya Pandey. Jhanvi is the daughter of Boney Kapoor and Sridevi, while Ananya is the daughter of Chunkey Pandey, and they are both rumoured to be launching their career with the sequel of the Karan Johar film. Tiger's comment comes at a time when the lack of a female naratives, and the sidelining of female actors is a significant issue in Bollywood as well as Hollywood.
Dictionary.com defines padding as 'something added unnecessarily or dishonestly, as verbiage to a speech or a false charge on an expense account.' So, basically, Tiger thinks a female co-star is unnecessary, or more like a decoration. But his reaction doesn't surprise us, TBH. Back in April last year, the Shroff boy had said something even more ridiculous than this. "I will get married to a girl from the village. When I reach home, I want a massage so that I can get relaxed. She should stay at home, keep the house clean and give me home-cooked food. I like girls who are the housewife type," Tiger had told Rediff. Hmm... is rumoured bae Disha Patani listening?