I love proving people wrong: Tiger Shroff

MUMBAI:He is a man of few words but once you get to know him, he opens up. Tiger Shroff’s second film Baaghi has also worked at the box office, and he is in a confident space currently. With the first day collection that’s enviable, he is now in the position to show his Heropanti to the world. In a casual chat, Tiger gets candid about success, stardom and the possibility of him becoming the next superstar. Read on…

Baaghi turned out to be a superhit. You must be overjoyed!
Completely! It’s like the best feeling ever. The audiences have been very appreciative and supportive towards me. Especially, the single screen crowd — they are responsible for where I am today. Baaghi was my second film and it released after a long gap after my first film Heropanti. I am glad they didn’t forget me after Heropanti. Our USP was the action which brought in the audiences. I am in a very happy space currently.

Baaghi’s first day collection was on par with Akshay’s Airlift. Comment.
It’s a great honour for me to have a film which opens at par with films starring big league actors. We had not predicted it at all. We obviously received a lot of love for the trailer and the promos, but when our film opened almost like Akshay sir’s film, it seemed like a mission accomplished.

Do you feel like a star yet?
No, not yet! (Smiles) I still feel like this is my first film. I say that because in Baaghi, I have almost used most of my potential, action-wise. So in A Flying Jatt, if I make it three in a row, then I can say I am in a safe space. Although even then, I don’t think I would feel or act like a star.

You cater to the single screen audience just like your dad did in his initial years. You think that is working in your favour?
For some reason, since my very first film, the single screen audiences could relate to me really well. Every time there’s a fight or I would dance or say lines like ‘Sab ko aati nahi, meri jaati nahi’ or ‘Abhi toh maine start kiya hai’, they whistle and hoot. I don’t know why. Maybe because the films I have done are those typical masala entertainers. These are the Hindi films we have been brought up on. Keeping that in mind, I think that’s why single screen audiences have accepted me.