Tiger Shroff's allusion to his leading ladies as 'padding' screams sexism, lack of empathy

It was earlier reported how Tiger Shroff claimed that he is all for women empowerment, after facing backlash for saying that he wants to marry a woman who "keeps the house clean and give me home-cooked food."

Tiger Shroff. News 18

Tiger Shroff. News 18

While that blunder could have been excused as a misquote, Tiger seems to have struck back.

In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, he talks about how he has no role to play in choosing his leading ladies. His statement was in response to the speculation about Jhanvi Kapoor or Ananya Panday being signed opposite him in Punit Malhotra's romantic comedy Student of the Year 2.

The report quotes him as saying, "I don’t get involved with the casting at all. I don’t really care about the padding around me. It’s the script and my character that matter." While it is rather professional of him to distance himself from the casting process, his allusion to his leading ladies as 'padding' comes across as not only cocky but also sexist.

There is no doubt that leading ladies do play a crucial role in enhancing the male lead's performance on the screen, their contribution is not confined to just adornment. Padding is just a more crude word of saying that the sole purpose of the female actors' existence is ornamental, to ensure that the male lead looks better.

The report further quotes him as saying, "When I work with someone who is my junior, I know exactly what the person is going through. I’ve never felt the need to work with established actresses even though I have had the opportunity to work with the beautiful and fantastic Shraddha Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez."

Though it is kind of him to place himself in the shoes of his juniors as a sign of empathy, his preference to work with them might stem from his insecurities of a more experienced actor outperforming him.

As far as empathy is concerned, more of that quality is expected of him given the fact that he has been man-shamed himself, by filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma a few months ago on Twitter. Guess he's too busy dancing.

Published Date: Jul 06, 2017 03:38 pm | Updated Date: Jul 06, 2017 03:38 pm

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