Sabbir is confident that casting a debutante in his second film is the right choice as Tiger fits the bill and can do justice to the character.
"It is always a great responsibility to ensure that it goes well with the actor who features in the film. More so when it is the launch pad of someone. Today he is a blank page and totally impressionable and though he would be on his own tomorrow, right now I have a huge task shaping his mindset as an actor," said Sabbir.
The director didn't have Tiger initially in mind for the role, but after meeting him, Sabbir says he couldn't think of anybody who could suit the character better.
"I remember meeting Tiger about a year back when he knew nothing about movies or the film industry. At that time I was scripting this film about a young boy and was totally open to any actor to be cast in it. However, Tiger's personality continued to play in mind. The very fact that he was so raw coupled with the way he looked brought a certain uniqueness to him," he added.
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, the film is titled "Heropanti" and is set to go on floors soon.
Sabbir's first film ‘Kambakkth Ishq’ didn't do well at the box office and he is making a comeback after three years.
But the filmmaker is not letting the gap and his first failure affect him as he believes he has learnt a lot.
"Like any other person from the creative fraternity, I am forever learning and unlearning a lot of things. When I made 'Kambakkht Ishq', I was like this kid in a candy shop. It was Sajid and Akshay (Kumar) who goaded me into become a director and I took that responsibility and tried doing a film that fitted into the required framework. I went with the flow and had a blast.
"I was a debutante director, who shot almost his entire film in Hollywood and with cameos from top Hollywood stars that I idolized. However, it is in the past and Tiger's film is present," he added.