What’s with filmstars and injuries these days? The recent news of actor Shah Rukh Khan getting injured on the sets of Farah Khan’s Happy New Year, when a 10x5 ft door crashed on him, comes close on the heels of many other leading stars getting injured while shooting recently. These include Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Shahid Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra. Experts say it’s not always about daring stunts, sometimes lack of production detailing also leads to lack of safety and mishaps.
Filmmakers defend themselves. “As producers, we take steps to ensure our actors’ safety. Actors, too, need to be careful especially while performing stunts,” says producer Ramesh Taurani.
Filmmaker Kunal Kohli says, “Accidents are bound to happen and that’s why they are called accidents.”
Shah Rukh Khan
The 48-year-old actor, who has suffered three broken ribs, a twisted ankle, a broken toe, neck injury, broken backbone and an injured knee in his two-decade long career, got a bleeding gash on his forehead, an injured knee, and his right shoulder was fractured when a door crashed on him on the sets of Happy New Year.
The actor suffered a head injury while performing a stunt for Siddharth Anand’s Bang Bang in Thailand a few months back, and had to be operated upon. Earlier too, the 40-year-old had injured his back while shooting for Karan Malhotra’s Agneepath (2011).
W hile shooting for his upcoming film, Pistol, late last year, Akshay twisted his ankle during an action scene. While shooting for Rowdy Rathore (2012), too, the 46-year-old injured his shoulder.
While shooting for Hasee Toh Phasee recently, the 25-year-old got hit by a camera matt box. A portion of the actor’s face swelled and turned blue, and the area near her eye started bleeding.
During R...Rajkumar’s shoot last year, Shahid sustained burns on his back and arms when the 32-year-old was shooting a fire sequence. Apparently, a few drops of chemical used to create fire fell on his arms and back. It took a while for the actor to recover.
The actor got a nasty gash on his cheek while shooting for his February release, Gunday. The actor also injured his foot while shooting for his last film, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela. While shooting for Lootera in Dalhousie too, he suffered a back injury.