WANTED: SAFETY DI­REC­TORS ON SETS

A spate of ac­ci­dents dur­ing shoots has thrown up the need for safety ex­perts in Bol­ly­wood

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika. mathur@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

What do ac­tors Ak­shay Ku­mar, Ran­deep Hooda, Ran­veer Singh and Ka­t­rina Kaif have in com­mon? Well, all of them were hurt while per­form­ing stunts in their re­cent films. The rea­son, say ex­perts, is that Bol­ly­wood does not fol­low in­ter­na­tional safety stan­dards while shoot­ing stunt scenes.

“There are a lot of ac­tors who do stunts on their own in Hol­ly­wood as well. The dif­fer­ence be­tween them and us is that we do not have a safety di­rec­tors on sets. He is the per­son who cross-checks ev­ery de­tail and gives his nod. A stunt is filmed only af­ter that,” says ac­tion di­rec­tor Allan Amin.

Film­maker Sab­bir Khan agrees and says that if some­one starts the trend of hav­ing a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer on set, even­tu­ally ev­ery­one will start tak­ing this mea­sure.

“Any­thing to do with peo­ple’s safety is para­mount. Get­ting a safety di­rec­tor is a great idea,” says Sab­bir, who also worked with Hol­ly­wood ac­tion star Sylvester Stal­lone in his movie Kam­bakkht Ishq (2009).

Film­maker San­jay Gupta, who has di­rected sev­eral ac­tion flicks, says, that bud­get is a con­straint. “There is no value for life on sets. I don’t see safety pre­cau­tions be­ing taken even in 10% of the movie sets be­cause pro­duc­ers are al­ways busy sav­ing money. I hope pro­duc­ers take this mat­ter se­ri­ously,” says San­jay.

How­ever, ac­tor Rana Dag­gu­bati, who has been seen in the ac­tion flick Baby, feels that just get­ting a safety di­rec­tor isn’t the so­lu­tion. “Ac­tors need to take safety pre­cau­tions. Most ac­tors don’t like wear­ing ba­sic safety gear, like a knee guard dur­ing stunt scenes, which they should. Ac­ci­dents don’t hap­pen only dur­ing big and com­pli­cated stunts, they can hap­pen any­time,” he says.

We do not have a safety di­rec­tor on sets... these are peo­ple who check ev­ery de­tail be­fore a stunt is filmed Allan Amin, ac­tion di­rec­tor Get­ting a safety di­rec­tor is a great idea and should be done ... if one unit starts, oth­ers will fol­low suit Sab­bir Khan, film­maker

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