Ac­tion ma­nia grips Bol­ly­wood hero­ines

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh

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. ■ an­juri.na­yar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PHOTO: SHA HT PHOTO PHOTO: AFP

Clock­wise from above; Sonakshi Sinha, Kriti Sanon, Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez, Kan­gana Ra­naut and Deepika Padukone will pull off ac­tion scenes in their up­com­ing films

PHOTO: PTI

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