High­oc­tane horse­power

The mak­ers of Sal­man Khan’s next film roped in the horse train­ers used in films such as Troy for his ac­tion se­quences

HT Cafe - - Front Page - prashant.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com Prashant Singh

Sal­man Khan’s next, Tiger Zinda Hai, is an ac­tion-spy thriller and fea­tures sev­eral high-oc­tane ac­tion se­quences. Now, HT Café has learnt that the su­per­star shot “some ex­trav­a­gant ac­tion se­quences” on horse­back dur­ing the film’s Morocco sched­ule.

A source says, “Yes, the Morocco sched­ule saw Sal­man pulling off many ac­tion scenes while rid­ing a horse. In fact, he had spent just three days pre­par­ing for this part of the ac­tion thriller.” The source adds that the mak­ers also “went out of their way” to en­sure that the ac­tion scenes would “turn out bril­liantly”.

“To en­sure per­fect ex­e­cu­tion and safety, the film’s team hired ex­pert horse train­ers who have worked on huge Hollywood pro­duc­tions such as Brad Pitt-star­rer Troy (2004) and Alexan­der (2004), which starred Colin Far­rell and An­gelina Jolie,” says the source.

Adding that Sal­man is a trained rider, di­rec­tor Ali Ab­bas Za­far ex­plains that af­ter re­turn­ing from the IIFA awards, the ac­tor took just three days to get fa­mil­iar with his horse, Wado. Ali says, “We have shot sev­eral risky por­tions on horse­back with Sal­man. There­fore, get­ting Wado fa­mil­iar with Sal­man and vice versa was key to en­sur­ing that this por­tion of the shoot went well. We shot for eight days, and hav­ing trained, skilled horses ac­tu­ally made this por­tion of the shoot fairly easy to ex­e­cute.”


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