BOL­LY­WOOD DI­VAS PACK A PUNCH

This year will see fe­male stars take the lead in ac­tion flicks. And there’s some se­ri­ous prep go­ing on to per­fect the scenes

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yashika Mathur

If you loved Deepika Padukone’s stunts in her Hol­ly­wood de­but, here’s some news you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate. While the ac­tor is set for a re­peat per­for­mance Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, a bunch of other fe­male stars will turn ac­tion he­roes this year, com­plete with for­mal train­ing and big no-no to body dou­bles.

Ac­tor Taapsee Pannu, who plays a RAW agent in the pre­quel to Baby (2015) took mar­tial arts lessons for the film. Now, Hol­ly­wood stunt di­rec­tor Cyril Raf­faelli is train­ing her for the cli­max. “It was like ad­ven­ture. I like that di­rec­tors don’t dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween an ac­tor and ac­tress when it comes to do­ing ac­tion scenes,” says Taapsee.

Ac­tion di­rec­tor Allen Amin feels it is great that fe­male stars are vol­un­teer­ing to do their own stunts. “A lot of our ac­tresses are do­ing stunts on their own. I made Aish­warya (Rai Bachchan) do her own stunts in Dhoom 2 and Ka­t­rina (Kaif) has done stunts in her next film with Ran­bir Kapoor. It is about con­vinc­ing them about the im­por­tance of the scene and that it is go­ing to be safe,” he says.

In her film with Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, Kan­gana Ra­naut plays a stunt­woman and un­der­went train­ing for three months for the role. Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez also has a fair bit of ac­tion in her film with Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra. “The film with Sid­harth will have me do­ing a lit­tle ac­tion, which is a first for me. But then again, I en­joyed do­ing all of it,” she said.

In­dus­try ex­perts say that this is not just for en­ter­tain­ment, th­ese ac­tors are also send­ing a mes­sage to the au­di­ence.

“We are go­ing through a beau­ti­ful time in the film in­dus­try where fe­male ac­tors are at par with the male stars, or even bet­ter,” says film­maker Sab­bir Khan, who directed ac­tor Shrad­dha Kapoor in the ac­tion film Baaghi (2016).

PHOTO: JIG­NESH PANCHAL

Taapsee Pannu

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

Deepika Padukone

PHOTO: AFP

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