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Revealed! Why did Krishna Shroff choose MMA over Bollywood?

Tiger Shroff's sister talks about why she chose to pursue a career in fitness and her admiration for him

S Ramachandran | Updated on: Wednesday, December 08, 2021, 08:32 PM IST

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Krishna Shroff is a star in her own right – moving away from what could have easily been a Bollywood debut considering not just a pretty face but the oodles of confidence that she possesses. Jackie and Ayesha Shroff’s daughter and Tiger Shroff’s sister is now a very successful entrepreneur. She runs a successful MMA league called Matrix and gets the best of fighters to spar with each other.

“I was three when I started doing karate, and Tiger was a bit older than that. So we have always been into martial arts. And five and half years ago, I decided that I wanted to get into fitness. I wanted to do something that people didn’t expect from me,” Krishna says.

Elaborating further on her unique career choice, she adds, “Fitness is my core. I have been a very active kid growing up. But fitness made me disciplined. I also needed to do something different, which was not what my family was doing but good enough for the creative heavyweight that my family is. I am happy that I have pretty much carved a niche for myself.

Krishna reveals that fitness motivated her a lot when she was down and out. “It gave me a big mental shift and a newfound focus. It helped me follow my passion away from films. I was going through a break-up in a personal relationship. That’s when you tend to merge into one person and lose individuality, as I had prioritised him over myself. So I wanted to do something very transformational. The two hours I spent in the gym every day changed my perspective and removed the negatives,” she explains.

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Will we also see her fighting in the cage? “Ha, ha. Never say never. But my mother feels that I am too pretty to fight. But it is a great feeling to be up close and personal with these big MMA fighters in the gymnasium. It is extremely inspiring. But then I am sure she will be supportive if I enter the ring. She herself has become a huge fan of the sport already,” Krishna avers.

Her brother also supports her in her endeavour. “Tiger is the best brand ambassador for this sport. He is a huge factor in all of this. All of this began because of our passion for fitness. We both love and respect this passion project,” she concludes.

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Published on: Thursday, December 09, 2021, 12:00 AM IST