I want to be full package like Hrithik: Tiger Shroff

IANS| Last Updated: May 28, 2014, 21:06 PM IST

Mumbai: Tiger Shroff, the latest stunt hero in tinsel town, finds a perfect example to follow in Hrithik Roshan, who he believes is a great dancer, fighter and actor simultaneously.

After the release of `Heropanti`, the actor spoke about being an action hero, rumours surrounding him and his future projects.

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Q. How would you rate yourself as an action hero?

A. Four out of 10 or maybe five out of 10. There`s more to action than just kicking, punching and grunting. If you see Bruce Lee, he`s very direct in his action. But there`s an emotion behind each punch. I don`t want to do stunts and action scenes just to show off. There has to be motivation for the action. The stunts can only be relevant if they have a back story.

An actor can be a good fighter and dancer. But just by knowing these skills you don`t become an actor. Hrithik Roshan, who is my favourite, is a fabulous dancer and fighter. But before all of that, he`s an actor. If in "Kaho Na...Pyaar Hai", he had merely danced and fought, he wouldn`t have been where he is.

Q. So did you make a conscious effort to act rather than dance and fight in your first film?

A. I just wanted to seem normal on screen. I wanted my character to come across as honest. I wanted to say my dialogues with conviction. To stand up to a National Award winning actor like Prakash Raj was not easy for me. On the first day of our shooting together, I was shivering. But he made me comfortable.

Q. You`re Gandhian in real life. How do you manage to do all the fights on screen?

A. I am very uncomfortable with violence and noise. I like to be in peaceful spaces. I`m very spiritual.

Q. But girls like wicked guys?

A. My next role would have darker shades. But in real life....sorry...I can`t be a ruffian just to create a sexy image. I`d rather be myself than someone invented by the public relations machinery. People are saying I`ve a girlfriend. Then they swing the other way and say I`m gay. I wish they would make up their minds.

Q. Does such speculation annoy you?

A. No, I am glad they are curious about my life. You only get talked about if you matter to people. If I was a nobody, why would they care?

Q. You have a slew of offers?

A. I do. But right now, I`m only focussing on "Heropanti". I`m anxious to know what audiences want from me. I won`t be doing an action film next. I want to break out of that trap. I want to be a full package like Hrithik sir. Who has made an impact like him after "Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai"?

Q. Were your bothered with the nasty comments on the internet?

A. No. I would have been, if any of it were true. But I know people are being mean for the heck of it. It`s part of the game. I`d rather not retaliate. I`d like to let my work speak for me. The numbers for "Heropanti" are speaking to me.

Q. Your life will change now?

A. I am aware of that. I hope I can cope with the pressures on my private space. I hope I never rub anyone the wrong way. I know I can`t please everyone. But I don`t want to displease anyone.

Q. You are doing a film with Alia Bhatt?

A. There are talks. But nothing concrete. Who am I to choose my co-stars right now? And if I must choose, it`d be Madhuri Dixit. Whatever I do,I want the effort to be appreciated.

Q. Is success very important to you?

A. It is. But more than that, I want to make my parents happy. And my sister Krishna. She`s very proud of me. She didn`t know I could do the things she saw me doing in "Heropanti". She`s grown up with me. She saw her brother in a new light.