Why Hasn’t The Tiger Been Third Time Lucky?


If there ever was an award for the stupid choice of films, then Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff would have won it three times in a row. The son of veteran film actor Jackie Shroff has been in the industry for 3 years now but he hasn’t been able to deliver a hit, something that his father wouldn’t be proud of. Let’s analyze Tiger’s choices before thinking of other options to succeed, such as name change, direction change or even career change.

Tiger – Sabbir Combo!

Out of his first four films, Tiger has done three with a Sabbir Shah who himself hasn’t worked outside the Shroff household (except Kambakht Ishq) for some strange reason. All three films – Heropanti, Baaghi and Munna Michael – have failed at the box office and despite the bad reviews, the two continue to collaborate and deliver duds after duds. Their first film had elements of DDLJ, the second was a direct rip off Raid, a Malaysian flick while this one uses the age-old plot of Don and his friend falling for the same girl. R Rajkumar tried it a handful of years back and failed so why did Tiger-Sabbir try it so soon … beats me!

Miscast leading ladies

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In his first flick, Tiger was paired with the ravishing Kirti Sanon who took away beauty to a whole new level; however, Tiger looked as beautiful because he neither sported a moustache, not a beard. In fact, in the Rabba Rabba song, his lips were as red as the leading lady’s! In Baaghi, there was Shraddha Kapoor who could dance and fight like Tiger hence minimizing the macho effect; however, her irritating factor made the audience uncomfortable whenever she was in the frame with the hero. In The Flying Jatt, Jacqueline Fernandez played the Lois Lane to Tiger’s Superman and always seemed lost while in Munna Michael, the new girl Nidhhi Agerwal fails to create waves due to her blank performance as an actress.

Support cast that overshadows Tiger

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In order to stand in front of veterans, one has to have solid acting credentials that are missing here; he can dance better than anyone in the world and fight like the best but his acting falls flat when he shares the screen with someone who knows how to entertain the public. Be it Ashutosh Rana (Heropanti), real-life con man Shaurya Bhardwaj (Baaghi), Kay Kay Menon (The Flying Jatt) or Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Munna Michael), all have acted better than Tiger who needs to understand that martial arts and dancing skills are secondary things, being able to act is primary!

Make him Tiger Shroff, not Tiger Bachchan!

Sabbir Shah has tried his best to make movies that give the 80s feel so that he doesn’t have to incorporate the internet, security cameras, dish TV and other modern elements into the story. He also tries to give Tiger a dialogue that he can deliver every now and then, especially before a fight and that’s something audience makes fun of. They don’t relate to it because it’s as amateur as the script – e.g. logon ko aati nahi, meri jati nahi, itni jaldi bhi kia hai, abhi to main ne start lia hai or munna jhagra nahi karta, munna peet ta hai.

Omair Alavi is a senior entertainment journalist who tweets at omair78