Any one who has grown up on a diet of watching Jackie Chan movies doesn’t dither to accept it as China’s indigenous art form.
However, in a recent interview Tiger Shroff, who has honed the skill for his next film Baaghi, claimed it to be an Indian art form that gained popularity through China. This raised eyebrows and apparently didn’t go down very well with the poster boy of martial art films, Jackie Chan.
In an earlier interview Tiger had said, “There are conflicting opinions on whether it actually originated from the teachings of an Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma, who arrived in China from India in the 6th century or not. One thing is for certain and that is, he most definitely brought a form of martial arts with him, most likely Kalaripayattu, and transformed the newly formed Shaolin temple and the Buddhist monks settled there into dedicating themselves to Kung Fu and becoming a warrior elite whose fame spread throughout China and then all over the world.”
Jackie Chan, who is in India shooting for his next Kung Fu Yoga in Jaipur, happened to read the above media report and was shocked to hear an Indian actor was making such claims.
“This comment of his, on Kung Fu having its origins in India, has not only shocked the martial arts maestro Jackie Chan, but it has also made him extremely curious about the subject, since Kung Fu has been an extremely important part of his career,” reveals an industry insider, on condition of anonimity.
“He wants to meet Tiger and know the basis of his comment. He also asked people from the crew and his near dear ones to do some research on it as he wants to find out the correct fact,” said the source.
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwal, Baaghi is a rebellious Love story, which will feature Shraddha and Tiger going against all odds for love.