Dear Tiger Shroff, real Heropanti is in not to be SEXIST; Krishna Shroff can manage without your blanket - Opinion

Tiger Shroff said he is overprotective about Krishna Shroff and we understand this. But saying he doesn't care about being called sexist is problematic

Still facing a backlash on his padding comment, Tiger Shroff has ended up giving out another statement that might be read as sexist and regressive. Last month, Tiger faced the ire of the social media for a casual comment in which he apparently called the actresses in his films as “padding”. He said that he is not concerned about the “padding” around him in his films and only his character and work mattered to him. However, he later clarified that he was not referring to the actresses in his film as “padding” but everything that makes a story and film.

Here’s is what he said initially: “I don’t get involved with the casting at all. I don’t really care about the padding around me. It’s the script and my character that matter.

Here’s his clarification, I just meant to say that all I care about are my role and work. Everything else depends on the director because ultimately, it’s his vision, after all.”

Fair enough. We understood. Sometimes actors are quoted out of context.

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One would assume having made a goof up in the recent time and faced severe backlash on the issue, Shroff would be more careful while talking about women and put an effort to not sound sexist in his comments. However, seems like he doesn’t really care about being called sexist.

In an interview to a leading daily, Tiger Shroff spoke about the pictures posted by her sister Krishna Shroff on Instagram. Krishna is quite an Instagram hottie and has created a lot of buzz with her bikini and ‘topless’ pictures. She attracts admirers and haters in equal measure.

A post shared by Krishna Shroff (@kishushroff) on

A post shared by Krishna Shroff (@kishushroff) on

A post shared by Krishna Shroff (@kishushroff) on

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Now, to ask a brother about her sister’s sartorial choices is in itself very dumb. Shroff could have salvaged the situation by answering “why are you even asking me this question. It’s her choice.” Here’s what he said

“I don’t see anything wrong with what my sister posted… it wasn’t in your face. A lot of people out there get [all sorts of] photo shoots done and post their pictures, so it’s her wish, whether she wanted to or not. Everybody has that freedom of [expression] and… you can’t always expect positive [reactions] from others.”

Till here he was following the script to the tee and it seemed he had become a better judge of what words must be spoken while talking to the media.

Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff (Courtesy: PTI)

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But and a big but there. Here’s what followed:

“If you ask me, obviously I’m the kind of guy who just wants to wrap his sister in a blanket because I am an over-protective brother. I know that after saying this, people will react and say, ‘Oh, he’s a sexist,’ and I’ll be called all sorts of names. But I don’t care because people like to perceive things in their own way.”

  1. What’s this obsession with wrapping one’s sister in a blanket?  (Clearly a case of bad Bollywood influence, where the guy goes shirtless to help cover up the shivering actress in the same frame.)
  2. Why should one sound so confident and utterly unapologetic about sounding sexist? (Much like Salman Khan’s refusal to acknowledge the hidden sexism in his ‘rape’ comment)

As someone who has been at the receiving end of heteronormative behavior and nasty comments like “not being man enough” by the likes of Ram Gopal Verma, Shroff is doing a great disservice to himself by saying that being called a sexist doesn’t really bother him. One would at least expect the young generation to break free of these gender stereotypes and become radical proponents of gender equality. Perhaps there’s where real “Heropanti” lies.


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