Tiger has a lesson for all of us Image: Baaghi 2 / Twitter
Do you feel Tiger Shroff is overdoing the action hero bit? Join the club. From Heropanti to his latest offering, Baaghi 2, the one thing that is common in all his films, apart from his dancing, is martial arts. So why doesn't he try doing something different? Doesn't he fear getting stereotyped in such roles?
Turns out, no, he doesn't. "I like being stereotyped," started off Tiger, sprawled across a leather couch in the plush 17th-floor office of Nadiadwala and Grandsons, in suburban Mumbai. "Being stereotyped gives me an identity."
That's new. When was the last time you heard an actor respond this way to being typecast? But here's where Tiger is different. "Look, I am only four films old. And if you're asking me why I keep doing action films only, then it's clear that even in these few films in my repertoire, I've managed to make a mark, enough for you to remember. I like to see it that way," says Tiger.
Now that's what we call taking criticism in one's stride. While most actors get defensive, others, in an attempt to sound cool, pretend that it doesn't bother them. But Tiger sure has a valid explanation.
Baaghi 2, especially after the success of its first part, Baaghi (2016), comes with some heavy expectations. On the one hand, the audience is excited to see Tiger with his rumoured girlfriend, Disha Patani, while on the other, Tiger needs this hit, especially after the fate of his last two, The Flying Jatt and Munna Micheal, at the box office.
"Of course I'm nervous and under a lot of pressure, but it is the good kind of pressure. If the audience didn't have any expectations from me, that would be sad," said Tiger, almost at the edge of his seat, pulsating in excitement. "Although one can never be sure of what works or not at the box office — I was sure The Flying Jatt would work because I'm playing a superhero and I have a huge fan following in kids — but Baaghi 2 makes me feel confident. You're going to love it," he adds.
Here's wishing success to Tiger on April 30, and not a flop-a-hattrick.