From the time the trailer of Baaghi was launched, the film’s action has been talked about. While Tiger Shroff seems to be surpassing the stuntbaazi of his debut film Heropanti in this Sabbir Khan directorial, Shraddha Kapoor impresses with her action avatar. As this Sajid Nadiadwala production nears its date with cinemas, here’s looking at what makes the action in this film so thrilling…
COMMANDOS’ TRAINER HAS DESIGNED THE ACTION
Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bhardwaj, who also trains commandos in various defence organisations, has donned many hats for this film. Apart from being the action consultant and designing the thrills, he also plays the role of Tiger’s trainer.Moreover, before the young actor started shooting this movie, he trained under Shifuji, who is well versed in martial arts like Kalaripayattu and Kung Fu. He says, “The action in Baaghi is ultimate and authentic, with no weapons. There’s a lot of close quarter battle, which are used by commandos and special forces. These are based on endurance and speed.“
TIGER SHROFF TRAINED IN SIX MARTIAL ARTS INCLUDING KALARIPAYATTU
Tiger has been associated with martial arts even before he made his debut. For his second film, the actor underwent extensive training in six differ ent forms of martial arts, like Kalaripayattu, Silat, Krav Maga and Jeet Kune Do. He also went to Kerala, where he learnt Kalaripayattu from scratch as he wasn’t aware of the intricacies of this form. The movie also required him to sport a certain physique and he thought it to be an excellent form of fitness as well. “Like water, Tiger used his energy and had to control flexibility as Kalaripayattu has a lot of stable moves. His signature move, with his hands next to his ears, is to watch out for,“ says Bhardwaj.
SUDHEER BABU’S VILLAINOUS AVATAR
Besides Tiger and Shraddha’s sizzling chemistry and fight scenes, South actor Sudheer Babu impresses in his Bollywood debut. Having played a variety of roles in Telugu cinema, he plays a character with grey shades. Moreover, while Tiger’s action scenes are being talked about, we hear Sudheer’s moves with urumi -a sword with flexible blades -are a treat to watch. As Bhardwaj says, “The kind of dedication Sudheer showed in learning, you’ll get an idea in his fight scenes.urumi is the most lethal weapon, which you saw in Bajirao Mastani. While the protagonist used one with a single blade in that film, Sudheer uses the weapon with 12 double-edged blades. It’s so dangerous that one of my assistants almost lost his finger during a rehearsal.“
SHRADDHA KAPOOR’S REFRESHING ACTION SCENES
Unlike most films in which only the men indulge in all the action, Shraddha seems to have pulled off the kicks and punches with conviction, as the film’s trailer indicates. She underwent extensive training under a specialist in Bangkok before she started shooting there. Said to be the first among her contemporaries to kick butt, Shraddha has three major action sequences which have her in hand-to-hand combat, blocking, kicking, punching and more. Pleased with her fighting skills in the movie, Bhardwaj says, “Shraddha is very focussed and has done the same moves as Tiger.She’s the first actress to do such stunts without a cable.“
Baaghi, produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt Ltd, releases April 29.