Tiger Shroff is ready for his film ‘A Flying Jatt’ which releases worldwide today. The Remo D’Souza directorial sees Shroff play an unlikely superhero, which is the first such role played by the actor in his short career.
BizAsia‘s Showbiz Editor Amrita Tanna caught up with Shroff before the film’s release.
How does it feel that your character in ‘A Flying Jatt’ will be taken in the same breath as Krrish and other such characters?
Well, it feels good. I’ve watched Krrish many a time and I’ve studied it. I am a fan of Hrithik Roshan’s. Flying Jatt is a very unique superhero and I’m proud to have played India’s youngest superhero. I’m not really scared with the kinds of comparisons.
What made you sign the film and what did you really like about the character?
I liked that he’s vulnerable and he’s scared of his own superpowers. He’s scared of heights and he can’t fly very high. This is until there comes a point in his journey where he has to embrace his responsibilities and he has to use those powers. His mother also makes him do chores in the house.
If you could have any real superpowers, what would they be?
Well, I’d love to fly, especially in Mumbai with the traffic out here. It would be amazing to fly.
Nathan Jones, who plays the villain in the film, recently praised your professionalism. What has it been like working with him?
It’s a very scary feeling in some of the action sequences but, frankly, it’s been a learning experience. I feel so grateful that I had a chance to meet Nathan Jones. I’ve learnt so much from him and he’s just a thorough professional; a very very nice human being.
In Bollywood, films usually have to cater to a large age group. A superhero film would definitely appeal to children but how does ‘A Flying Jatt’ cater for adults?
The message of the film is for everybody and not just kids. It also has some emotional portions. The youth will be attracted to the action, like ‘The Avengers’. We should be proud how desi it is anyway.
Who was your favourite superhero when you were a child and why?
Spiderman. I think he was the most human of all the superheroes. He was an underdog and I really respect underdogs. When I do my martial arts training in my real life, I sometimes try to mimic his moves.
What should we expect from your fresh pairing with Jacqueline Fernandez?
Well, Jacqueline has a very different energy. You can expect what it would be like if superman and a super-girl were to fall in love. I think Jacqueline really is a super-girl in real life, if you ask me. She’s the greatest fire that you’ll ever handle.
What do you hope for audiences to always remember about ‘A Flying Jatt’?
So many things but mainly just the message. The film has very important message about the environment. I hope people watch the film and come out inspired and motivated to do something for our environment.
‘A Flying Jatt’ is in cinemas now.