Action mania grips Bollywood heroines
Mixed martial arts, swordfighting, horse riding, underwater stunts... Bollywood heroines are all set to don the action avatar on screen.
Sonakshi Sinha, who will perform some hard-core action sequences in her films Akira and Force 2, even injured herself while shooting a tough scene on the sets of Akira. In the sequel to Bang Bang (2014), Jacqueline Fernandez will hot up the silver screen with some highoctane stunts, conceptualsied by Hollywood action directors and stuntmen. The actor has already shot some flyboarding and hover-boarding sequences in Miami. Deepika Padukone’s action scenes in the teaser of her Hollywood project, XXX The Return Of Xander Cage, have already got audiences excited.
Trade analyst Atul Mohan says that the trend is here to stay. “This was always there in Hollywood and is catching up here too. Stories are being written to accommodate action sequences for actresses. In the 80s-90s people would laugh if you talked about a heroine doing action, but not anymore,” he says.
These heroines are going the extra mile to perfect the roles. Kriti Sanon got over her fear of swimming for her film Raabta, in which she will pull off some underwater acts. Kangana Ranaut, who will feature in Ketan Mehta’s Rani Lakshmibai, is taking lessons in horse riding and sword-fighting.
“The whole process of learning something new — mixed martial arts — to execute it in a film has been a terrific feeling,” says Sonakshi. “There are lots of things that I want to explore with the characters of my films. Action has always been one of them, and I am excited to get this opportunity now,” Kriti was quoted as saying. ■ email@example.com
Clockwise from above; Sonakshi Sinha, Kriti Sanon, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kangana Ranaut and Deepika Padukone will pull off action scenes in their upcoming films