When John Abraham almost got killed


By Hindustan Times

Actors getting injured while shooting for stunt scenes in movies is common. But John Abraham will certainly not forget a particular scene in Shootout at Wadala where Anil Kapoor's shooting act almost killed him, reports Mumbai Mirror.

While shooting for the climax scene, Anil Kapoor, who plays cop Isaque Bagwan, shot a blank bullet (minus metallic lead) that was meant to be shot from a minimum distance of 15 feet, from a distance of only 1.5 feet. The gun-effects team was behind the goof-up, according to the tabloid.

"The shot burst into flames as planned, but due to the close range, hit Abraham with higher intensity (almost ten times) than it was supposed to," reports Mirror.

Fortunately, the bullet brushed the left side of John's neck. Due to the impact, the actor fell to his right side.

“There was utter panic all around. Everybody realised what could have happened if Kapoor timed his shot well. Gupta screamed and demanded an explanation for the miscalculation of distance,” a source from the sets told the tabloid.

John Abraham on his escape from death
“It would have been all over for me on September 23. I still can’t believe that I am alive," John told the tabloid.

“My neck was burnt and the wound is still there on my collar bone. It hurts. But I am carrying out my day-to-day work pretending as if nothing has happened. I shall definitely take a long time to forget what happened at Haffkine Institute. If you ask me whose fault it is, I would only say that everything happened in the heat of the moment. Nobody expected the intensity and the velocity of those blank bullets. I think I should have checked Mr Kapoor’s gun. I always check and double-check my guns if I am doing any firing scene. I am agnostic but I now feel that there is God up there,” Abraham said.

Shootout director on the shooting episode
“I don’t know what to say. When I think of it, it sends shivers down my spine,” Sanjay Gupta told Mirror.

Apart from John Abraham, the film features an ensemble cast of Anil Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor and Sonu Sood.