Sanjay Dutt flashes his Samurai sword after 31 years
For a scene in Sher, the actor brought out the weapon he had acquired during a one-year stint in Japan, that his father had sent him on
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 16, 2012)
In the past, his fascination for weapons has landed Sanjay Dutt in trouble. But this time around, it proved to be useful. Shooting for his upcoming film Sher at a fort overlooking the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, Sanjay brought out a Samurai sword that he had acquired during a one-year stint in Japan. A trip, his father late Sunil Dutt, had urged him on.
Before he began his film career, his father had insisted that Sanjay train in a particular form of action Samurai fighting. And despite his protestations, the young actor was packed off to Japan for a year the 365 days that taught him more than a form of martial art.
Years later, to commemorate the struggle he had gone through in life, fighting legal battles as well as personal ordeals, Sanjay had inked his arm with two Samurai soldiers. And now, he will be seen with his own Samurai sword on the big screen.
A source close to the film revealed, “When director Soham Shah informed him about this particular sequence in the period film, Sanjay insisted that he get his own sword. He had it from before his first film Rocky but never really used it afterwards.”
According to the source, the actor got really emotional while shooting with the sword. “He was remembering the days when his father had forcefully sent him to Japan. It was before his first film Rocky released in 1981. He told the entire unit how the year long training taught him so much about life. Even in the scorching heat of Jaipur, Sanjay showed no signs of fatigue. He was that excited,” added the source.
And though the sword used is Japanese, the action, revealed the source is completely Indian.” Action director Kanal Kannan had planned the entire sequence over a period of seven days. It required Sanjay to hang from a cable,”added the source.
But the already trained actor finished the shoot in a little more than three days. Confirming the story, director Shah said, “Sanjay Sir is superb. We had a great time. He was so excited to shoot the sequence. Any other young actor would perhaps have taken months to practise the shot.”
The film co-stars Vivek Oberoi, Humaima Mallik and Karishma Tanna.
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