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Bollywood films: Course of action..

Salman Khan

By HT

New Delhi, Aug. 18 -- The trend of highflying action, started by southern films, trickled into Hindi films as well, and soon became equally popular among our audiences. This called for more and more Bollywood films to incorporate never-before-seen antics - which producers are making possible with soaring budgets and upgraded technology. But, what about the actors? Do they find it simpler doing these stunts now that technology facilitates ease? We asked leading men their take on technology-aided stunts.

Safety first

Salman Khan, who was seen doing some high-end manoeuvres in his latest release, Kick, credits the influence of technology, as it is admissibly risk free. He says, "Now, there are lots of safety measures in place. The stunts are larger than life, and more believable. They are now at par with any Hollywood film," adding, "Earlier, we used to do lots of stunts on our own; now we use cables. It is safer because of computer graphics."

Akshay Kumar is another actor who gives safety the first priority. He might be a martial arts expert, but he understands the importance of playing it safe. In an earlier interview with us, he had mentioned that he doesn't hesitate to ask his stunt double to take over. He says, "In the last five years, I've seen a change. India is finally giving safety more importance."

Staying old-school

Action hero Ajay Devgn, however, tries to maintain the image he has created for himself over the years. He stays away from cables or harnesses as much he can. "I have given lots of shots for Singham Returns, that were meant to be done with cables but I did them without the use of equipment. I still try to do as much as I can by myself," he says.

Arjun Kapoor, too, is in favour of doing his own stunts. "Action has now changed, but, if you see my performance in earlier films as compared to my next film, I opted for more 'real' action. It gives the feel that when a person is hit, the impact is believable," says Arjun.