BOL­LY­WOOD GETS SPORTY

From cricket to bas­ket­ball and boxing, a host of ac­tors have trained in dif­fer­ent sports for their roles in up­com­ing films

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Ahost of ac­tors from Bol­ly­wood are train­ing for dif­fer­ent sports for their roles in up­com­ing films. While ac­tor Amitabh Bachchan posted a pic­ture of shoot­ing with na­tional level box­ers, there is buzz that ac­tor Karisma Kapoor will also be seen as a coach in her come­back film. Ac­tor Shrad­dha Kapoor and Sushant Singh Ra­jput will be seen as a bas­ket­ball player and a crick­eter re­spec­tively in their up­com­ing films.

Shrad­dha says that she is lov­ing the role of a bas­ket­ball player and adds that she is grate­ful to have got the op­por­tu­nity to por­tray a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter on screen. “I un­der­went train­ing and learnt bas­ket­ball be­fore we started shoot­ing. It is great to ex­plore new as­pects with ev­ery film and be a part of an ex­cit­ing jour­ney,” she told us.

Ac­tor Son­akshi Sinha has also spe­cially trained in mar­tial arts for her up­com­ing film. “I have been train­ing a lit­tle hard and be­ing in­no­va­tive now. I think learn­ing some­thing new for a film is very cool. It’s a fun thing to do and very ex­cit­ing,” Son­akshi was quoted as say­ing. Buzz is that her prepa­ra­tion for the film in­cludes a 30-day work­shop with mar­tial arts ex­perts from Thai­land.

“Son­akshi has im­pressed me with her ac­tion skills. She has trained ex­ten­sively be­fore the shoot, as well as when the shoot­ing was on, and it shows in the film. She has sur­passed my ex­pec­ta­tion with her ac­tion stunts. Son­akshi is the ac­tion girl of Bol­ly­wood,” film­maker AR Mu­ru­ga­doss said, talk­ing about how im­por­tant it is for ac­tors to train well for a role.

Sushant, who will reprise the role of crick­eter Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni says, “Al­though Dhoni’s biopic has a lot more than just cricket, pro­fes­sional train­ing for the sport formed a ma­jor part of my prepa­ra­tion for the film. It was not easy to play like our cricket cham­pion but the process was ex­tremely en­rich­ing and I en­joyed it.”

Trade an­a­lyst Amul Mo­han says that as biopics be­come more im­por­tant in Bol­ly­wood, ac­tors repris­ing the roles of the pro­tag­o­nists are get­ting a chance to learn new things. “Biopics are in trend right now. And many of these films are based on the lives of sports per­son­al­i­ties. That is why so many ac­tors are get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to learn new things.” How­ever Mo­han is quick to add that de­spite the hype around the biopics, they aren’t great for the box of­fice. “It’s good that dif­fer­ent kinds of films are be­ing made. How­ever, we have not had mixed re­sponse to sports films in In­dia and only a few have done well,” he says.

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/ASLISONA

PHOTO: TUM­BLR/AMITABH BACHCHAN

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Clock­wise from above: Karisma Kapoor, Sushant Singh Ra­jput, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Ar­jun Kapoor, Shrad­dha Kapoor and Son­akshi Sinha

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