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Shraddha Kapoor on Baaghi 3 & Completing a Decade in Bollywood

Shraddha Kapoor, the gorgeous and talented actor has been on a roll recently. In 2018, she impressed us in Stree, her first horror-comedy.

Followed by this, last year, she gave two back-to-back blockbusters with Saaho and Chhichhore. 

Now, the Aashiqui 2 actor returns to celluloid in an action-packed avatar and lady love of Tiger Shroff in Baaghi 3, which releases in cinemas this Friday.

In an interaction with Filme Shilmy, Shraddha opens up on the film and completing her decade in Hindi cinema.

It’s great to see you back with Tiger in Baaghi 3. What is in store for this since the previous film was such a huge success?

It is so exciting to be back with Tiger working on Baaghi 3, my character is a unique character. I am super excited about it and being back with Sajid Sir.

Ahmed sir is directing it and he is so lovely and so amazing to work with. Tiger has worked super hard for the movie.

The stunts seem to be more full-throttle. How was it performing action sequences in the film?

I had to run from T-72 soviet military tanks.

These tanks are some of the biggest ones in the world and as far as I am aware, no other actress has ever done this before in the history of Bollywood.

The fact that I actually did the running shot without the help of any special effects or CGI makes it special.

What is it like reuniting with Tiger Shroff since the first Baaghi?

It is always a pleasure. I love it when people say that we have great on-screen chemistry.

Tiger has been my junior in school and I used to be taller than him.

He used to run around the school corridors in his basketball jersey and the moment he would see me, he would stop and say hi in a soft tone and disappear.

He is a really nice person in real life, talks to everyone on set and shows his concern for others. It is lovely to work with nice people like him.

In the film, you’re also seen grooving to Dus Bahane 2.0 alongside Tiger Shroff who is a brilliant dancer. Has it been much of a pressure on you?

Tiger is certainly a much better dancer and his moves are so effortless.

But it has always been my dream to dance in a film.

The pressure is more to do better than what I have done and enjoyed the process.

How would you rate your satisfaction level at this stage of your career?

I think I am in an amazing phase of my career right now.

I am working on commercial films which have larger-than-life subjects.

For instance – Street Dancer helped me understand the problems of people living on the streets in London.

I learnt that dance is a powerful medium and it can be used to impact lives positively.

What’s in the pipeline post after Baaghi 3, can we expect another film in the franchise?

Well. Why not? If the audience continues to show the same love to our film as it has for the first two instalments of the franchisee, there will definitely be a Baaghi 4 and I would love to be a part of it.

Besides, I am currently awaiting to begin shooting for Luv Ranjan’s next film where I am paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor, it is an exciting project and I hope it gets the same love all my other films.

You finished 10 years in the movie industry, how does it feel?

Honestly, I can’t believe it, talk about time flying. I think this feels like that.

I don’t know how that’s supposed to make me feel.

It’s amazing how this time has just gone by and it’s been so beautiful and amazing.

Tell us about somebody you look up to; a person who has shaped the way you think and behave?

My mom, I look up to her for who she is and how she thinks.

In fact, my parents have played a huge role in shaping my perspective.

The irony is that my father has never picked up the phone to get me to meet anybody and I feel like I’ve had to carve my own path.

I have auditioned for many roles and faced several rejections.

I am grateful for them because they have made me the person I am today.

Baaghi 3 releases in cinemas worldwide on 6th March 2020.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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