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I had a tough time doing my first lip-sync song Deewana hua badal in Kashmir Ki Kali. But if you ask me about my toughest scene ever, it’d have to be in Paap Aur Punya, in 1974. It was directed by the film writer Prayag Raj.
Understandably, he packed in quite a punch in the screenplay. In one sequence I had to jump off the first floor of a building with a briefcase in hand. It may sound very easy to do today, with safety measures and all that actors are given when they have to do stunts.
But imagine a girl in the 1970s being told by the director, ‘Okay now you have to jump down the building’. I was naturally petrified but I was assured by the unit that there was absolutely no risk involved.
There were ample buffers down below. But still, to jump down with a briefcase in hand, you have to grant me my nervousness. I remember myself perched on the precipice of the building with that briefcase. My co-star Shashi Kapoor and the rest of the crew shouted, ‘Jump jump jump!’ from down below. I did.The scene from Paap Aur Punya
As luck would have it as soon as I jumped, my knees hit my chin. No damage done though. However, I was quite shaken at the end of it. For me that jump was a very bold thing to do.
Earlier for a scene in Atma Ram’s Yeh Gulistan Hamara, I had been asked by the director to jump down from this huge elephant.
I had refused. When my body double made that jump, she had sprained her ankle. So More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 5, 2011 – 12:58 IST
COLORS’ flagship show Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi is all set to present an innovative ‘integrated product’ for the first time on Indian television. This summer, the audiences can expect the best of action unfold as India’s thrilling reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi returns with the Akshay Kumar as the host. Season 4 promises ‘Torchaar’ and extreme adventure and inculcates the spirit of pushing boundaries to experience that one moment of thunder.
After three successful seasons COLORS’ ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi – Torchaar’ reaches the wild land of South Africa with 13 striking hunks and 13 female partners. An exciting bouquet of 13 women from different walks of life will be paired along with common heroes! The participants will be pushed off their comfort zone, the level of stunts and tasks will be extreme and intense than ever before, making this a deadly combination of drama and action on small screen! The winner will not only be bestowed with the coveted title of being the ‘Khiladi’ but also chosen as the ‘Thums Up Thunder Star’. The ‘Thums Up Thunder Star’ will get an exclusive opportunity to feature with the Thums Up brand ambassador Akshay Kumar in the brands new communication campaign.
Ashvini Yardi, Head of Programming, COLORS says, “With every season of Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi, our endeavor is to present something new, exceptional and clutter breaking to the viewers. Akshay Kumar More >
Ranbir Kapoor was recently shooting for his film Rockstar in Pahalgam. And the actor’s snowmobile skidded on the snow-covered road, smashing into the side barrier.
Thankfully, the barrier was strong enough, or perhaps it was sheer luck that the young Kapoor escaped the crevice below.
Says an eyewitness, “Everyone in the unit was stunned. When Ranbir’s snowmobile skidded out of control. It was rather sudden and unexpected.
Ranbir wasn’t doing a stunt or anything. It was just a normal sequence but with the ice so treacherous one can never know what can happen.”
“Though Imtiaz Ali, the director wanted to cancel the shoot, Ranbir picked himself up and continued with the shot.
Ranbir needed to finish the shooting in Kashmir because he had to start on Barfee/Burfi/Barfi in Mumbai,” adds the source.
Rohit Shetty’s Singham will see the return of Devgn in a high octane police drama this year
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; March 23, 2011) After the rocking success of Dabangg, almost every Bollywood superstar is readying to don the cop uniform. Khaki is the most revered colour in Bollywood currently. While Aamir is shooting a suspense thriller on the streets of Mumbai in his policeman’s uniform, Ajay Devgn is scorching the streets of Goa for the adrenaline thumping Singham produced by Reliance Entertainment.
The return of Ajay in his khaki avatar is exciting because he is back to action after an eight-year gap. Says he, “It’s a film about men. Singham will mark the return of hardcore raw action to the cinemas with a lot of dialogue-baazi and machismo. It should sock a punch, it will connect to the man on the street because of its simple narrative and terrific action.”
Director Rohit Shetty, who is at the helm of affairs, has become a force to reckon with in the last five years. His combination with Ajay is also now considered rock solid. This duo has so far delivered four back-to-back hits in the Golmaal series and All The Best. And their return to action is being heralded because both are quintessentially men who speak with their fists.
Says Rohit, “My hero Bajirao Singham (Ajay) is a simple police officer who is happy to toe the line till he is provoked by baddie Prakash Raj to show his ferocious side. And when Ajay does that, hell More >
After possibly neglecting his back injury for over a decade now, Akshay Kumar is again suffering from excruciating pain, for which he has had to postpone the shooting of Joker
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 14, 2011)
Akshay Kumar’s back problem has resurfaced and it seems this time, it’s quite serious.
The action hero who made his mark in the industry with his daredevil stunts, most of which he insisted on performing without using body doubles, has reason to worry now.
Khiladi Kumar injured his back while shooting for Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi in 1996. But despite treatment, the problem has been recurring every now and then.
And this time, so agonising was the pain that Akshay had to cancel a public appearance on Sunday. Added to this, the actor has now postponed the shooting of his film Joker in Chandigarh to at least a couple of days later.
A source close to Akki said, “He has this recurring problem and he has to rest it out. The back problem happened again at an award ceremony on Saturday, when he launched the Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai sequel.
As a result, a special appearance that he was to make for a TV channel had to be cancelled at the last moment. Akshay has also put on hold his Chandigarh trip, where he was to join the unit of Joker to start shooting.”
Akki apparently wants to rest it out this time, until he is fit enough to start shooting. He is disappointed also because he wanted to do post-promotion of Patiala House during this More >
No gadgets or tricks for Aamir in Dhoom 3, he’s a thinking man
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 9, 2011)
Aamir Khan’s obsession with being different is fiendish. The man who was recently a brooding artist in his wife’s Dhobi Ghat is not leaving his brain behind even for a fun-and-games thriller such as Dhoom 3. As the villain of the film, Aamir will play a cerebral villain and no boy-with-toys or regular con.
According to sources, his character won’t be into bikes or gizmos like John Abraham or a master of disguises like Hrithik Roshan. Eschewing make-up and gimmickry, he will be the underplayed, soft-spoken evil man. “His machinations and manoeuvres as the international kingpin of the racket will be subtle and sly,” the source said.
But without stunts and action sequences, will there be enough bang in the sequel chasing the success of pervious Dhooms? The source claims that less will be more in this case because the few stunts that Aamir will perform are bigger and bolder than in the previous films.
“Aamir has already played the action hero to the hilt in Ghajini. He is now looking for something far removed from the stereotypical villain.”
Writer-director Vijay Krishna Acharya, who is apparently polishing and fine-tuning the part, is reluctant to speak on the matter. The creator of Dhoom says, “Other than the fact that I am directing the third film and that Aamir Khan is playing the antagonist in it, all I can tell you More >
Bollywood Badshah giving his best shot for special song
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 22, 2010)
Even special after being song in the industry for 22 long years, Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan is keen to learn new things, a quality which he has possessed when he started his acting career. BT has learned that SRK, who starts shooting a high energy song-and-dance number today for Ra1, has learned gymnastics to pull off some aweinspiring steps and stunts in it.
Sources working on the sets confirm that SRK has trained to shoot this number for Anubhav Sinha. The last time the superstar had put in so much effort for a song was during the shooting of Chaiyan Chaiyan for Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se in which he grooved with Malaika Arora on a moving train.
The special song for Ra1 will have trapeze artists and many elements from the circus embedded into it. However shot , SRK for is not going to go shirtless, as reported earlier, or flaunt the six pack that he showcased in Om Shanti Om. It is said that 200 firang beauties have been hired just to shoot this song. “SRK will show the world that his injury and persistent back problems are a thing of the past. He has learnt gymnastics for the song and will also do trapeze stunts,” said the source.
SRK has been simultaneously working out and doing cardio, weight training and functional training because he wants to carry forward the same fitness and More >
For the action sequences in Bhushan Kumar’s Ready, Salman Khan will train under Jackie’s Around The World in 80 Days action master
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2010)
Post Dabangg, it seems, Sallu is working towards building an action hero image with an international edge.
For starters, the actor will train under Hollywood action master Philippe Guegan (of Rush Hour 3 fame) for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick. And now, for his stuntman image in Bhushan Kumar’s Ready too, Sallu intends to go global.Jackie Chan
Recently, Bhushan Kumar flew in top action director Seelum Pradip (popularly known as Nung in the film industry) to train Salman for Ready. And mind you, Nung is no riffraff.
Jackie Chan trained under him for Around The World in 80 Days. Bhushan says, “I have appointed Nung as the action director for Ready. The film’s second schedule is in Bangkok in February. Nung will again join us there.”
It turns out that the idea to get Nung was Salman’s. Says Bhushan, “Salman loved the soft drink TV commercial which Nung shot with Akshay Kumar recently.”
Of late, Nung has been making a lot of trips to Salman’s house, Galaxy Apartments in Bandra. Under Nung’s tutelage, Salman will learn how to perform dangerous and complicated stunts in Ready.
Says a source, “Salman is a very sincere student when it comes to learning stunts. Nung and Salman get along marvelously and that has just made Nung’s job easier.”
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Tanushree Dutta and the Great Khali man the action stations in true Bollywood style
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; November 12, 2010)
If you thought Hollywood was where the great action movies are done, then wait till you watch Ramaa The Saviour, releasing by God Willing Entertainment today. Shot in the jungles of Thailand with gaming as its base, this film promises adventure like never-seen-before, with wild jungle cats and mighty sharks adding to the thrill. Actors Tanushree Dutta and Sahil Khan battle it out with the villains and pull off some death-defying stunts. Enter the Great Khali, who joins them in saving a kingdom.
Action director Peter Hein and director Haadi Abrar say that this is for every child who loves playing video games. It’s a Children’s Day treat, adds producer Abdul Aziz Bablu. Doesn’t mean adults who love edge-of-the-seat action aren’t in for a treat.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 20, 2010 – 18:07 IST
Last week the big news doing the rounds was that of superstar Shah Rukh Khan pulling off a dare-devil stunt for his forthcoming film Don 2 by jumping off a 300 feet building in Berlin. We came across these pics of SRK all set to get into the final act. In this pic, the actor is seen attentively listening to the safety instructions and precautions to be taken.
SRK is seen along with director Farhan Akhtar and other members of the action crew overlooking the proceedings for one final time before he gets harnessed.
The stunt was performed taking all the necessary precautions with a team of experts around for help and guidance.
Apparently, before Shah Rukh actually took the plunge, his duplicate and few members of the action team did the stunt to ease some pressure of him. The actor had tweeted about the same saying, “My jump was last shot of day. Want to thank my duplicate and action team, to do it before me for wide shots and make me feel confident about it.”
King Khan finally takes the plunge in this pic.
All is well that ends well and the daredevil stunt has been performed. SRK who is known to have fans across the globe signs an autograph for the team members at the base flying camp.