From left to right: Tiger Shroff’s gymnastic team, Rahul Suryavanshi, Nadeem Akhthar, Bikram Swain, Shroff, Kuldeep Shashi, Rakesh Yadav and Imran Khan
From left to right: Tiger Shroff’s gymnastic team, Rahul Suryavanshi, Nadeem Akhthar, Bikram Swain, Shroff, Kuldeep Shashi, Rakesh Yadav and Imran Khan

A quick scan at his Instagram profile is sufficient to ascertain that Tiger Shroff adores himself. A series of barebody shots are peppered over a string of bit-sized videos, and only infrequently will the protagonist of this assortment be anyone other than Shroff. Yet, what makes one linger on his feed longer than usual are the awe-inspiring stunts that make up these videos, few among which offer a sneak peeks into his upcoming films, other which, he says, are performed “as a hobby”.

Given the first glimpse that the viewers got to witness of Shroff, categorising him as just another action hero, was seamless. But his successive appearances made both, filmmakers and even those less mesmerised with action, take note. His movements speak of deep-seated techniques blended with strength that doesn’t need a bulky façade for exhibition. Coupled with this is his finesse, one that his gymnastic trainer says is “much better than our own”. His confession of having “grown up considering Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson my idols”, justifies this evolution.

The actor gave hitlist an indoor into his elaborate team of trainers, which brought multiple aspects of his personality to the fore. Despite his physical prowess, he’s just like us. “He can finish three packets of MNMs, and an entire bar of white chocolate in a single sitting. Tiger loves ice-creams too,” says his fitness trainer and nutritionist, Nitesh Sharma, adding, “But these meals too have to be carefully incorporated in his diet. We have to almost beg him to take a cheat meal.” Shroff battles the claim stating, “It’s a psychological factor. I’ve recently learnt the role that food plays in enhancing our ability. If I eat an ice-cream, I can’t be at piece until I’ve burnt out the calories with an hour-long run,” he says.