NO PAIN NO GAIN

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—Ameeya Shah

Ab­hi­manyu Das­sani’s film ca­reer didn’t come eas­ily, though the 28-year-old is the son of Hindi star Bhagyashre­e and Tel­ugu ac­tor Hi­malaya Das­sani. He was pur­su­ing a ca­reer in fi­nance be­fore set­ting his sights on Bol­ly­wood four years ago. And it took him months of au­di­tions be­fore he bagged the lead role as Surya—a young man who feels no pain—in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota.

His par­ents and friends wor­ried whether it was the right part for his de­but. But Das­sani fol­lowed his “gut feel­ing” and be­lieved in writer-di­rec­tor Vasan Bala’s vi­sion for the ac­tion-com­edy—a “new genre to In­dian cin­ema”, he says. As in Hol­ly­wood’s Kick-Ass (2010), the movie is a su­per­hero flick where the hero’s only su­per­power is his in­abil­ity to feel pain.

Das­sani spent eight months learn­ing taek­wondo and other mar­tial arts to make the ac­tion se­quences con­vinc­ing. For the com­edy bits, he drew in­spi­ra­tion from Kung Fu Panda. “It was an amaz­ing chal­lenge,” he says. “It was like be­ing Popeye on Spinach or Su­per­man.”

Das­sani grew up fairly dis­tant from the film in­dus­try, though watch­ing films, in­clud­ing see­ing ev­ery su­per­hero and car­toon film in the theatre with his mother, was part of his grow­ing up years, he says.

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