Tiger Shroff received a lot of flak last week for allegedly referring to his female co-stars as “padding” during a recent media event. When he was asked about the female lead of his upcoming film, Student Of The Year 2, he said:
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.
That caused an outrage on social media and Tiger was dismissed as a sexist who does not respect the importance of female characters in films. He clarified his comments in an interview with DNA and said that he was misinterpreted.
The reporter kept asking me about who my heroines in SOTY 2 are and she tried to also ask me if I’m pushing Disha (Patani) for my films. 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.
People who know me well know that I am not the kind of a guy to insult and disrespect women. I never called my heroines padding. I was referring to everything else about the film — how the director designs the film, shoots, and pads it up. I was talking about the structure and the padding around a film to make it larger and not about the girls at all.
The reporter misinterpreted me completely in the process. She asked me if I was okay being cast opposite newcomers and I said it didn’t matter. What matters to me is the script and my role. I don’t interfere with the casting at all because I am very focussed on myself. That’s all a filmmaker’s responsibility. The last thing I would do is think of actresses as mere props.
I was too shocked to say anything. I just saw people slamming me for something I didn’t even mean. I hope people understand what I actually meant.
There, you heard it! Tiger was quoted out of context and he has no intention of sidelining female characters in his films.