Despite opposition like Rajinikanth's ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ and the usual nitpickings from the honourable critics, the audience has demonstrated for the millionth time that it has a mind of its own.
Yes, we are indeed talking about Jackie dada’s young and handsome son Tiger Shroff’s ‘Heropanti’.
The reasonably budgeted 25 crore, (around £25,000) all inclusive film is on way to be the next hit of 2014, and just as we had predicted, the Sabbir Khan directed ‘Heropanti’ is all set to give the industry its next young star after Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh!
Coming to the actual stats, after netting an impressive 35 crore (to be validated) during the opening week, Sajid Nadiadawala’s ‘Heropanti’ is doing quite well in its second week too. This has broken former box office records for a debutant.
‘Heropanti’, which was released only in India, is likely to cross the 50 crore (£50,000) mark by the third week and is sure to achieve a hit status, even without resorting to non-theatrical rights.
With a father being a HUGE Bollywood style-icon, one would sympathise with his son wanting to break into the Indian film industry.
You would imagine him having a nervous breakdown whilst laying down his persona for the big screen and the audiences.
However, for 23-year-old Tiger Shroff (yes that really is his name on his passport), his open proclamation of his dad - Jackie Shroff, being his ‘hero’ and the supportive pillar in his life has earned him much respect.
Not only that, his debut in Sajid Nadiadwala's ‘Heropanti’ has become one of the biggest launches in recent times and has broken box-office records for a debutant.
Since Jackie Shroff (fondly referred to as ‘Jackie dada’) is a very much-loved and highly respected veteran of the industry, the movie had a positive buzz ever since it was announced that Tiger was to make his debut.
In fact many of Bollywood’s elite, such as Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, publicly supported Tiger’s embarkment and progress during the making of ‘Heropanti’.
Actor Riteish Deshmukh, on social media said: "Absolutely thrilled to know that Tiger Shroff's 'Heropanti' is rocking. Wishing him super success. He is my hero, Jaggu Da's son".
But it’s not to be thought that Tiger’s first box office emanation is rendered due to the backing of the dozens of celebs, who’ve been cheering him on whilst the shooting of his first film.
No… he’s demonstrated through the dozens of interviews conducted pre and post release of the film, that he’s not only got the desirable muscle-bound physique and dance moves, but has also got the intellect and confidence to do well in cinema.
Being shy by nature, Tiger (originally named Jai as a child) says that acting was not the obvious choice for him. He was always interested in sports such as football, martial arts, gymnastics and dance. He even admitted to secretly practising grooving to Michael Jackson videos as a child.
At the age of four, Tiger started training in martial arts and he says that he was drawn to the aura of Bruce Lee. Tiger watched all of his films and knew that one day he wanted to be like him. He’s unquestionably delivered agility and flexibility during the action scenes of ‘Heropanti’.
Having kept details of his day-to-day work on the film quiet at home, Tiger reveals that it was only when Jackie saw the trailer of the film that his dad actually commented on how impressed he was on his work. His father’s praise was the ultimate assurance that he needed.
With it seemingly obvious that Tiger has created a flavour of something new for Bollywood lovers, it’ll be interesting to see who snaps him up for his next production.
‘Heropanti’ is directed by Sabbir Khan and stars newcomer Kriti Senon, Prakash Raj, Sandeepa Dhar and Vikram Singh and released on 23rd May.