Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies is presently working on a remake of his TV debut show - Fauji. The 1988 show is being revived and will be made to match today's sensibilities.
Jackie and Ayesha's son Jai Hemant Shroff, also known as Tiger was approached to play the lead role on the show. However, the actor politely declined the offer.
Fresh face, please
A source reveals, "The Fauji remake is on full swing and they are looking at fresh faces to play the young cadets. Tiger fit the bill. He's young and athletic." Also he wants to act, so he seemed like a likely candidate.
However, Tiger's parents Jackie and Ayesha felt he should wait a few years before taking the leap into acting. And that it was too soon, considering TV is a gruelling medium.
Tiger's mom Ayesha confirms, "He was approached for a Red Chillies production. But honestly, we think he's still too young. Many production houses have approached us already. In due time, when Tiger is ready, we will consider the offers."
The mommy feels that his age is a big factor, "He's just 19. As of now, he's doing weight training and martial arts. We are planning to send him to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art."
Fauji is a TV series about the daily life of an Indian Army regiment that aired on India's national channel Doordarshan in 1988. It was produced and directed by Colonel R K Kapur (Retd). The concept focuses on a batch of trainees at a commando school, their training and eventual induction as soldiers.