Tiger Shroff has been in the headlines lately due to a link-up with ‘MS Dhoni – The Untold Story’ (2016) debutante Disha Patani. It was thought that the actor had recommended Patani for the forthcoming ‘Student of the Year’ (2012) sequel which is on its way. However, Shroff has rubbished the news.
Reports say he pushed for Patani to be his co-star in ‘Student of the Year 2,’ which will be directed by Punit Malhotra. Shroff denies this. “I am in no position to pitch actors to directors. Hey, I have to pitch myself. I’m still building my own career and have to become an established actor first. So why would I waste my time doing all this,” he said, according to TOI. Patani is in Jackie Chan’s action adventure ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ (2016). Shroff was approached too but couldn’t take up the offer as he was already committed to ‘Baaghi’ and ‘A Flying Jatt.’ But he hasn’t given up hope in working with the martial arts legend. “Yes, but I hope that I get the opportunity to work with Jackie Chan again someday so I can show off my skills to him. It will be a big high for me. Both Disha and I are huge fans and keep talking about him.”
Rumours about his personal life also made headlines in 2016 and, in particular, his relationship with Disha Patani. The couple was spotted together several times in public, the last being at Manish Malhotra’s 50th birthday celebrations. Shroff insists that he simply enjoys being in her company. “She is a pretty girl and it feels good to take a pretty girl around. It makes you look better. Both of us are so busy with our careers and for a relationship you need to take out time. But yes, when we are not shooting, I do meet up with her since we have a common friend circle. But every time we do, we end up getting clicked by the paparazzi,” he said.
Shroff recently shot for his on-going musical romance, ‘Munna Michael,’ in Teen Batti where his father Jackie Shroff grew. Shroff remembers visiting his dad’s first home as a child. “It had a shower, a bed and the kitchen in one room. I haven’t lived there but as a part of my prep, I used to roam around that area and absorbed the vibes so I’d feel I too was a member of that community. I was so proud of him and his accomplishments. Even after he became a superstar, he continued to live there and queued up for the public toilet. The only concession he got was that every time he’d say he was getting late for a shoot, he’d get to jump the queue,” he remarks.
In ‘Munna Michael’ he plays a starry-eyed fan of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, whom he has idolised since he was around six. “My father’s mother had a tape of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and I was mesmerised by the video.” He went on to say, “I wasn’t even born when MJ moon-walked on planet earth and I’d try to do the same in our apartment. His track ‘Billie Jean’ is another one of my favourites.” He admits he always had an aptitude for dance and picked it up easily. “I’m into martial arts and my body has an innate rhythm. Also, I’d watch several videos of MJ and Hrithik Roshan before I went to sleep and they used to appear in my dreams.”
Reportedly, he’s been teaching Nawazuddin Siddiqui, his co-star in ‘Munna Michael,’ how to dance. Shroff admits Siddiqui was a little nervous about dancing but once the camera started rolling, he metamorphosed into the character and there was not a single wrong step. He said, “Nawaz sir is a genius of his craft. The chemistry we share is unusual and will be intriguing for the audience. Yes, I did teach him some steps and he wants to learn dance from me. I gave him some lessons in freestyle and he’s brilliant!”
Shroff started the year with the action packed ‘Baaghi’ (2016), a second hit after ‘Heropanti’ (2014). He is now half-way through ‘Munna Michael’, his third collaboration with director Sabbir Khan, and will soon start work on ‘Baaghi 2.’ He reflected on how 2016 has treated him. “The year started on a high, for sure. Shraddha (Kapoor) appeared in a different avatar and even I got to showcase my action potential. I’m happy with the feedback I’ve received with the viewers whistling at my entry and for the action sequences. I really enjoyed watching the film in cinemas with them.” Remo D’Souza’s superhero fantasy, ‘A Flying Jatt’ (2016), was his third outing in the theatres and he admits he’s disheartened it didn’t fare better at the box office as he has a huge fan base among kids. “Kids mean one plus four tickets and this film was for them. Also, it was my childhood dream to play a superhero and given a chance, I’d play one again, hopefully Spider-Man someday,” remarked the star.
‘Munna Michael’ and ‘Student of the Year 2’ are expected to release next year. Stick with BizAsiaLive for more updates.