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An ode to the stuntmen, the unsung heroes of Bollywood

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Recent blockbusters Bodyguard, Dabangg, Wanted and Singham has revived the audiences love for action cinema in an era where soft romantic films are usually lapped up by the Bollywood movie-goers. While the actors often walk away with all the applause for an action sequence in a film, the stuntmen who actually choreograph stunts for the stars, are still the unsung heroes of the film industry.

Action sequences are one of the main ingredients in a typical Bollywood film, be it action, thriller, comedy or romance. Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol and Akshay Kumar, whose action sequences are loved by the Indian audiences owe a lot to the stuntsman who in reality do the stunts for the actors. Even Dhoom 2, which was high on the 'oomph' factor owes its success partially to the stuntmen who performed some dare devilry acts to pull off the show in a grand manner.

These people who bring the action alive on the celluloid, remain mainly behind the curtains.

Speaking to PTI regarding the success of action oriented films in the recent years, ace action director Sham Kaushal, who won international acclaim for Slumdog Millionaire said, “These films have changed the scenario of action, seems there is a new trend. It is a positive phase for action movies as more films of this genre are made."

However, the director is of the opinion that it is not only action that works in the overall success of a film, but a balance of emotions, drama and comedy is also required.

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