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‘No segregation between star kids and outsiders’
Debarati Palit Singh | Friday, 14 April 2017 AT 09:27 PM IST
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One would wonder what makes Tiger Shroff so popular among kids. Is it his daredevil stunts or dancing moves on screen that kids love following him? During the launch of Sony Pictures Networks India Kid’s Entertainment Channel — Sony YAY!, in Mumbai on Wednesday, it was not just the kids but Tiger too was comfortable around them. “I love children and am comfortable around them,” he said during an interaction with the media post the launch of the channel.

He said that as the brand ambassador of the channel, he would entertain the kids because it’s very important. “I will also give them the right messages and try sharing some positive values with them,” he added. When asked what makes him popular among children, he replies, “I think because I am always just myself. I am open and accessible to kids.”

He also has some advice to share with these little ones. “I have practised a lot. I get a lot of requests from families that their kids want to do action stunts and dance but I always urge children to be careful while doing these stunts. Safety is the most important thing they need to keep in mind. The floor could be slippery. They need to realise that they are playing with their life. So never try anything without proper supervision. If they acquire any of these skills, don’t show them off,” he quips. 

Tiger, who started his career with Heropanti, and has worked in films like Baaghi and Flying Jatt, says that he is still a child at heart and that’s the reason he is excited to be associated with Sony YAY! as their brand ambassador. 

The actor shared that as a kid, he loved outdoor games. “I used to play football and was involved in athletics. I played less video games and hardly watched television. I loved playing Mortal Kombat and a lot of my action choreography is inspired from that video game.”

Tiger is not happy with children spending most of their time indoors. “Today kids are constantly on the phone or playing video games, watching TV. They don’t realise that there’s a life beyond that. They aren’t exposed to that kind of life, the one we led as children. We need to introduce them to the outdoor life,” he says.

In fact, Tiger wanted to be a football player before realising his passion for acting. He added, “I always wanted to be a football player. It was a last-minute decision to get into acting. There was no scope for football so I thought why not apply the same discipline in this field.”

Speaking of his acting career, the three-film-old actor has come to be known as an action and dancing hero. Does he see himself getting stuck with that genre of films? “No. I never think about that. The story matters to me and if the story is exciting, I get interested. I personally believe that the hero should have a purpose in the story and without any purpose, it’s just a show-reel,” he says, adding, “Secondly, I have been getting films where the makers want me to dance and do action. But now, I am doing different kinds of projects.”

Will Student of the Year 2 change the action and dance hero image? “It will because it’s a very different kind of cinema. It’s Karan Johar’s baby and Dharma’s biggest franchise. I don’t want to let him down.”

When asked about nepotism following Kangana Ranaut’s comments on Karan Johar’s chat show Koffee with Karan, Tiger begs to differ with the Queen actor. “We can see equality there. If you are good, you will get work. There’s no segregation between star kids and those from outside,” he believes.

Though he says that every star son or daughter gets noticed easily by production houses and filmmakers, “Along with it, the expectations are more and so is the pressure,” he says.

The author can be followed on Twitter @DebaratiPalitSi

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