BY ANUJ RADIA

Not only has Ahmed Khan’s Baaghi 2  emerged as one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2018 as it races towards the 100-crore mark, but it has also established Tiger Shroff as a bankable name. 

From the jaw-dropping action sequences to a suspenseful concept, the movie is a wholesome entertainer which captures the audience’s attention from beginning till end. 

In an interview with Asian Style, the Hero himself  Tiger Shroff talks about how he roars once more with Baaghi 2! 

How excited are you about the release of Baaghi 2 and how do you feel it’s shaped up compared to Baaghi?

I was ready from the word go! Sajid Sir told me that he is planning to do Baaghi 2 which will be even a bigger attempt than Baaghi. The story had the perfect balance of romance and action, which I felt instantly connected to.

It is a completely different film and you will be watching a fresh new film with great visuals along with a very good story. It is a sequel but nothing to do with part 1.

The film is a full-blown entertainer; it has great music, amazing action and a heart-warming love story. It’s a movie audience have not seen before in a long time and I’m sure they’ll enjoy it.

You are rugged, with that military haircut and trimmed beard has been well received. How much input do you have on your look?

Not much really! [laughs]. I love my hair. I think Ahmed sir put it rather well, he called me a ‘choreographer’s actor’. Which I think is a perfect way to define me. I’m not the kind of actor to question or argue with the director, I always trust his/her instinct and deliver what they expect from me on screen.

There must be a lot of pressure for the film to do well as this would be your hattrick with Sajid Nadiadwala after Heropanti and Baaghi?

The pressure is always there to perform well for any film. I am just glad to be working with him. He is my father figure in the industry. When I am under his wings, I feel unstoppable and ready to take on an army.

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the ‘Ek Do Teen’ song remake. Do you think this controversy has taken away the focus on the film?

Those reactions were expected when people compare our song with the great Madhuri Dixit and the iconic number Ek Do Teen. In no ways do we mean to compare ourselves. Our song is just a humble tribute. But you can’t take away from the hard work Jacqueline has done for the song.

The film boasts of some extraordinary stunts, performed by you such as deep-sea diving action sequences which if rumours are true – have been performed mostly by you. How long did it take for you to train to do such stunts and how long did it take to get the shot?

I work out every day. But my work out routine changes according to the role I am doing. For example, for this film, I had to gain 5kg’s in which my work out routine was geared more towards weight training. Nonetheless, I don’t feel my abs and physique takes over my craft, as I work on my physique to make the character I’m playing more authentic and believable on screen.  That’s what being an actor is all about; we’re supposed to become the character we’re playing.

I think it’s unfair for an actor to take body doubles. That’s why I try and work hard and perform all my stunts as much as possible. If there was a body double, I would rather allow him to be the hero of the film. It’s not right to take his credit. I try my best to be honest with the character.

How would like to be defined as an actor – Dancing star, Action man, Chocolate hero…?

Honestly, I am so blessed to be given an identity so early on in my career. It is for me an achievement already. But that being that – it was always my dream to be an action hero and I have just started to realise this dream. I am blessed at this point to be in my shoes. Right now I am just playing to my strengths and if there is an off-beat role, which there are a few – I will work towards it. I don’t want to feel limited at all.

You have so many young fans, who love your martial arts, if you had a message for them, what would it be?

I had a dream so I made it my goal to achieve it. My father always tells me to listen more, speak less and to respect everybody. We follow a quote by Bruce Lee since we are his fans ”an actor should be like water and adapt to the environment”.

This will be my message to all my young fans.

In addition to Tiger Shroff, Baaghi 2 also stars Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Darshan Kumar, Deepak Dobriyal and Prateik Babbar in key roles. 

Running successfully worldwide, make sure you catch Baaghi 2 at a cinema near you!