Siddharth Anand on Tiger Shroff in Rambo remake: I was certain I wanted a young boy for it

Siddharth Anand, who is directing the Indian remake of
Hollywood’s iconic film “Rambo”, says he
only approached Tiger Shroff for the title role as the talented
and spirited young actor was the “apt choice” to fill in
Sylvester Stallone’s shoes. “I was certain I wanted a
young boy for it. Tiger (we) felt (was) just a natural and apt
choice for us. Fortunately, he loved it and came on board,”
Siddharth told IANS, clarifiying that he had only discussed
“Rambo” with Hrithik Roshan considering he is his good friend
and confidante — but not with an intention to cast him.

“Hrithik and I were clear we wouldn’t do another remake
immediately after ‘Bang Bang!’ (the official adaptation of
‘Knight and Day’). We are working on multiple ideas,” added
Siddharth, who considers Hrithik his elder brother. Just
two days before the launch of the “Rambo” poster at the Cannes
Film Festival earlier this year, Siddharth had shown it to
Hrithik, who had loved it and told the director that Tiger was
befitting for the part. (Also read: After
getting into Rambo’s shoes, Tiger Shroff now wants to get his
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)

The actor had even spread the buzz for the film, calling Tiger
a “notable asset to the industry owing to the discipline and
dedication” that he has. Tiger’s rugged look in the poster
had attracted many eyeballs. “Tiger has made waves with
the poster,” Siddharth said, adding how it was very encouraging
for the team when Hollywood’s original Rambo, Sylvester
Stallone, tweeted it. “I don’t know which American star
has posted an Indian film’s poster. I think he’s (Stallone is)
enthused about the film and he is also eager to see what we
will do,” added the director, who in the past has made films
like “Salaam Namaste”, “Ta Ra Rum Pum”, “Bachna Ae Haseeno” and
“Anjaana Anjaani” apart from “Bang Bang!”.

The “Rambo” remake aside, Siddharth will also helm “Love In
Beijing”, a co-production by India and China. “It is a
fantastic global opportunity to showcase what India can do. I
am working with local crew and talent there. It’s a huge
opportunity and I am looking forward to it,” he added.

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