The next step for most stuntmen,The great gameplan?IEJuly 22) Despite its many thinktanksthe US has inflicted too many wounds on itself challenging the former Soviet Union and intervening militarily in Latin America and the Middle Eastwhere it had promoted autocratic regimes In the three Indo-Pak warsthe only beneficiary from the American perspective is their military-industrial complex Coming to the presentPakistan is simply duping its benefactor After 9/11Colin Powell warned Pervez Musharraf that his country would be bombed back to the Stone Age if it didnt support the US America also entertained a false hope that Osama bin Laden would be handed over by Pakistan The rest is history in the making The post script to this emerging uneasy scenario will be America exiting from that part of the subcontinentsimply saving its face P Kanaka Durga Bangalore Rightly spoken This refers to the report Pillai was spot onhis timing was off: Krishna (IEJuly 22) Union Home Secretary GK Pillai did nothing wrong in saying that Pakistans ISI had played a very significant role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks He only said what the David Headley told interrogators in the presence of FBI agents By publicly berating PillaiExternal Affairs Minister SM Krishna has let down the people of India It is Indias misfortune to have a political leadership which has no courage to even telllet alone take onPakistan plainly that its army and the ISI are hand-in-glove with terrorists bleeding India MC Joshi Lucknow After US exit The editorial Uncertain outcomes (IEJuly 22) has well described the scenario after the exit of the US and Nato forces from Afghanistan Whatever Barack Obama and international donors sayevery thing is overbarring the shouting President Hamid Karzai is practically being presented with a fait accompli to face the music and fend for himself In this situationKarzai will have no option but to compromise and cohabit with forces now gunning for his government The Taliban will call the shotsand worst of allpoacher Pakistan will turn gamekeeper and have the last laugh India will not have much to do in Afghanistan and may ultimately call it quits Its very clear that things are going back to square one all because of the USs short-sightedness Tarsem Singh New Delhi House fights With regard to the violent activities in the Bihar assemblyit goes against democratic norms and public interest when unruly behaviour of legislators wastes huge amounts of public money Its time the behaviour of parliamentarians and state legislators was brought under the normal law of the land If such immunity continuesthe day may not be far when quarrels among members turn fatal Madhu Agrawal Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Alaka Sahani | Mumbai | Updated: September 6 2015 6:30 pm Related News What’s a good Bollywood action sequence if it doesn’t have back-flipping or sky-diving jumping off a cliff or even rolling down the stairs An army of stunt doubles a mostly invisible bridge between a script’s lofty ambitions and an actor’s limitations rise to the occasion to give you the best bang for your buck Sanober Pardiwala Every tourist magazine and website will tell you that the Athirapilly falls in Kerala’s Thrissur district is best visited during the monsoon Between June and October the falls drunk on the rains is nothing short of a spectacle Nature is at her best — bountiful playful and dangerous In 2009 Sanober Pardiwala scaled the mountain looked at the water that gushed down and crashed into a misty pool nearly 300 feet below and jumped Twice It was not arrogance or a death wish that led the petite 22-year-old woman from Mumbai to leap into the falls As Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s stunt double in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan (2010) Pardiwala was simply doing her job Like a song sequence an action scene in mainstream Bollywood aims to be a thing of beauty; a stunt not the star can be the scene-stealer The action can take place anywhere anytime — the introduction of the hero or the villain in the middle of a song and dance in a room during an argument and of course when good meets evil and when people apart from sparks fly In the world of make-believe the stunt double is the bridge between a script’s lofty ambitions and an actor’s physical limitations Riyaaz Sheikh (Source: Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar) “Even though actors can perform stunts they can’t be used for everything — rehearsals of action sequences as well as trial and patchwork shoots With so much money riding on them it is not advisable to make actors do stunts That’s when we fall back on doubles” says Sham Kaushal a 59-year-old stuntman-turned-action director Kaushal breaks down the basic requirement for a perfect “stuntie” or double: they have to be “daring” and their physique should match that of the actor If the look and skin tone of the double and actor are similar it’s a bonus So when Riyaaz Sheikh reported on the sets of Baazigar (1993) in place of his brother Feroz it turned out to be a happy discovery for director-duo Abbas-Mustan Sheikh’s body structure is similar to Shah Rukh Khan’s and they were happy to have found a “perfect match” Following this the son of stunt master Naseer Sheikh fondly known as Naseer Boss went on to become Shah Rukh’s stunt double in several films — Yes Boss (1997) and Duplicate (1998) Veer-Zaara (2004) RaOne (2011) The 46-year-old recently shot for the star’s 2016 release Fan Pardiwala now 28 bears no similarity to Rai Bachchan but is remarkably familiar with the actor’s movements “The double’s performance should not come across as a stunt it should match the actor’s body language” she says sitting in the cosy Walkeshwar home she shares with her husband She would know she began her career at 12 by somersaulting for Rai Bachchan in a jewellery advertisement The industry strapped for female stunties showed its appreciation by flooding her with assignments “Earning Rs 10000 in a day nearly 13 years ago gave me a huge high That’s almost what my mother made as an optometrist” says Pardiwala who has a black belt in karate and embarked on a career as a stuntwoman for the thrill of it Since her film debut in Bhooth (2003) (in which she was “thrown” from the 16th floor) Pardiwala has performed several chilling stunts — tied in front of a running train in Luck (2009) bike stunts for Esha Deol and Rai in Dhoom and Dhoom 2 respectively sword fighting in Goliyon Ki Raas-Leela Ram Leela (2013) and falling on her back from the balcony into a pool in bullet-hit Deepika Padukone’s garb Afzal and Usman Khan (Source: Express Photo by Dilip Kagda) For some the trade runs in the family Meet Afzal Khan a third generation stuntie who has been a double for Salman Khan (Ek Tha Tiger Jai Ho Bajrangi Bhaijaan and the upcoming Prem Ratan Dhan Payo) and Aamir Khan (PK) His grandfather the late Fazal Khan was a tall strapping Pathan employed as a watchman at a south Bombay theatre in the 1950s when he was cast opposite Dara Singh and Dharmendra in fight sequences Later he did stunts and acted as a double for Raj Kapoor in Dharam Karam (1975) and Mera Naam Joker (1970) Fazal’s demise after being hit on the chest on the sets of Sunil Dutt’s Zakhmee (1975) forced Usman — the eldest of seven siblings — to take up stunt assignments “Those days I used to be in demand and pressed for time as I moved from one set to another doing action for different heroes” says Usman The 60-year-old has worked in the industry for the past four decades and in a filmi twist of fate found fame as Kapoor’s son Rishi’s regular double — from Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (1977) till last month’s release All Is Well The Khan family’s ties with the Kapoors have now come full circle with Afzal performing stunts in the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Jagga Jasoos The father-son duo have another thing in common: they have both performed stunts in women’s clothing For Mere Apne (1971) Usman as Meena Kumari was hit by a car “I’ve also performed stunts for Sadhana and Reena Roy and trained Hema Malini in fencing for Seeta Aur Geeta in 1972” he says Years later when he took Afzal on the set of a television serial for his first on-screen stunt it turned out to be for a girl Clad in a skirt Afzal jumped from a Mumbai bridge “Since then I have strictly said ‘no’ to doing any stunt that requires me to wear women’s clothing” says Afzal He bent the rule for Players (2012) — he wore a wig and jacket to pass off as Sonam Kapoor in a car chase sequence Bollywood stuntmans Bittu and Ramesh practice at Aksha Beach (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty) For those who work under an action director their projects are determined by their boss; they must perform stunts irrespective of who it is for In their salad days when their bodies were leaner Sanjeev Kumar aka Bittu 38 and Ramesh Katal 40 played women in rather dramatic if not unwittingly comic action scenes “In 2003’s Parwana I stepped in for Ameesha Patel I had to wear a sari and get hit by a car and topple over with a puja thali in my hands” says Bittu with a straight face Katal was a double for Juhi Chawla in many films and also performed Manisha Koirala’s stunts in Maharaja (1998) Even though women are joining the industry to perform as stunties their numbers are low In the soon-to-be-released Jazbaa stuntman-turned-action director Aejaz Gulab employed the 5’ 8” tall Asma Sheikh for all of Rai’s running shots and Geeta Tandon for the car stunts Both Asma and Tandon chose this career to support their families Mumbai-born Tandon a spirited woman in her early 30s lost her mother at a very young age By the time she was 15 her father a jagrata singer had married her off to a relative’s son At 20 she was separated from her husband “With no proper qualifications the only job I could get through my father’s acquaintances was that of an extra in a dance troupe” she says To make more money Tandon began doing stunts in a handful of television series produced by Balaji Telefilms “As is the nature of such shows I had to roll down the staircase get caught in the kitchen fire or get hit by cars that often led to memory loss and a twist in the plot” she says Asma who works to support her three teenage sons performed similar action scenes Their lives were on the brink of fame when they were selected for India Ke Jaanbaaz a stunt-based reality show by Zee The show never took off but the month-long intensive training they received for it especially in the bike and car stunts made them better stunt artistes The training and practice of stunties is an ongoing process Over the years Pardiwala has invested in learning new skills — martial art forms such as kung fu jiu-jitsu kickboxing muay thai as well as adventure sports like sky-diving bungee jumping and scuba diving She is an exception Most of the stuntmen usually practise on the Juhu or Aksa beach in Mumbai There seniors pass on age-old tips training and guidance received from their predecessors Most aspiring stuntman undergo intensive training for a year or two before they can get the Movie Stunt Artistes’ Association (MSAA) card a must-have to find work in movies “Every year nearly 50 candidates go through a series of tests conducted by the association Only those who are found to be sharp physically fit and courageous are given the cards” says Gulab vice-president of the association Hrithik Roshan and stuntman Mansoor Khan In 2007 Mansoor Khan then 19 came to Mumbai from Delhi ready to experience the thrill of doing stunts and living on the edge With the support of his maternal uncles Nishant Khan and Sattar Ahmad both veterans in this field Mansoor began to train as a stuntie Mansoor received the MSAA card after a year and today the 27-year-old is recognised as one of the best in the industry With his gym-toned body and curly hair he has boeen a double for Hrithik Rshan in Agneepath (2012) Bang Bang (2014) and will soon be shadowing the star in Ashutosh Gowariker’s 2016 epic Mohenjo Daro “Hrithik is one of those few actors who love to do their stunts In Bang Bang, Talking about his Tamil roots, 2017 The teaser has crossed 5 million views already and is on its way to become one of the most watched teasers of all times.

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