Shaping Tiger`s career is a huge task: Sabbir Khan

Updated: Sep 10, 2012, 08:58 AM IST

New Delhi: ‘Kambakkth Ishq’ director Sabbir Khan, who is directing Jackie Shroff`s son Tiger`s debut film as an actor, says though he is excited about the project he also has an added responsibility of giving a fillip to someone`s career.

Sabbir is confident that casting a debutante in his second film is the right choice as Tiger fits the bill and can do justice to the character.

"It is always a great responsibility to ensure that it goes well with the actor who features in the film. More so when it is the launch pad of someone. Today he is a blank page and totally impressionable and though he would be on his own tomorrow, right now I have a huge task shaping his mindset as an actor," Sabbir told reporters.

The director didn`t have Tiger initially in mind for the role, but after meeting him, Sabbir says he couldn`t think of anybody who could suit the character better.

"I remember meeting Tiger about a year back when he knew nothing about movies or the film industry. At that time I was scripting this film about a young boy and was totally open to any actor to be cast in it.

"However, Tiger`s personality continued to play in mind. The very fact that he was so raw coupled with the way he looked brought a certain uniqueness to him," he added.

Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, the film is titled ‘Heropanti’ and is set to go on floors soon.

Sabbir`s first film ‘Kambakkth Ishq’ didn`t do well at the Box Office and he is making a comeback after three years.

But the filmmaker is not letting the gap and his first failure affect him as he believes he has learnt a lot.

"Like any other person from the creative fraternity, I am forever learning and unlearning a lot of things. When I made `Kambakkht Ishq`, I was like this kid in a candy shop. It was Sajid and Akshay (Kumar) who goaded me into become a director and I took that responsibility and tried doing a film that fitted into the required framework. I went with the flow and had a blast.

"I was a debutante director, who shot almost his entire film in Hollywood and with cameos from top Hollywood stars that I idolized. However, it is in the past and Tiger`s film is present," he added.


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