Working with Hong Kong legend Jackie Chan for 'Kung Fu Yoga' has instilled new confidence in Disha Patani. As she talks about the Hollywood legend, we introduce the inevitable topic — her actor beau, Tiger Shroff, who was one of the many Bollywood celebs who met Jackie during his recent India tour for the film's promotions.
Although spotted together on dinner and movie dates on several occasions, Disha and Tiger have never admitted to their relationship — so far. Their joint appearance at designer Manish Malhotra's birthday bash last month made headlines. “Manish's party was the only party I went for,” she reasons, adding, “Frankly, I am boring. My life is all about the film set, gym classes and home. I have never asked Tiger whether he wants to talk about his life.
When people ask me, I say no. I never hide anything or stop people from asking about Tiger. I am not shy about my personal life. Yes, Tiger and I are close. We are good friends, obviously. [But] There is nothing special about going for parties or catching up for a meal with friends. I understand this [gossip] is part of the profession. Of course, there is a big risk of being slut-shamed in case relationships don't work. We are actors; we can never be free [speak freely]. I have to think a thousand times before I speak. If I am myself and end up saying one wrong thing, there will be 1,000 negative tweets about me. There is no rule that you have to be open about relationships. To each his own.”
We then move on to Baaghi, which was supposed to be her Bollywood debut (opposite Tiger), but eventually, the role went to Shraddha Kapoor at the last minute. “Honestly, I have been here for three years and things happen. I am not someone's kid and people aren't supposed to know me. I value struggle and because of that, what I am getting now is even more precious. In hindsight, rejection was good.”
A query about nepotism pops up, but she interrupts saying, “Star kids work equally hard. [But] They get noticed easily. The world is too hard on actors, who are no less than superhumans. You have to look good, be fit, eat certain things, give up a lot, be constantly under the radar and judged for how to dress, sit or talk. One wrong word and you're gone.”