Mumbai, May 29 -- In a bid to raise the bar for action films made in Bollywood, producer Vipul Shah roped in a Hollywood action director Greg Powell for his upcoming film, Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty.
The film, directed by AR Murugadoss, stars Akshay Kumar in the lead. Vipul Shah explains, "People were getting bored of the so-called south style action of flying cars and people. Since my film deals with an army officer's life, we needed action sequences that were realistic and did justice to Akshay's image of an action star."
Powell has been the stunt director of Skyfall (2012), the Harry Potter series and many more films. "Greg flew down to India with his team, which included the stunt boys. He choreographed the action sequences and rehearsed them with Akshay," adds Shah.
Ask him why he chose a Hollywood stunt director as opposed to an Indian one and he says, "I don't think any of our action directors are less talented, but working in Hollywood gives a person certain exposure. They understand international standards and know how to take action to the next level."
Talking about Akshay's enthusiasm during the shooting, the producer says, "He dedicatedly rehearsed for the action pieces, although we all felt he was a master at it and didn't need to practise much. Some of the stunts were difficult to execute yet he did them with great ease."