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Akshay goes underwater for 8x10

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    Akshay Kumar always pushes the envelope when it comes to action, and for Percept Picture Company's 8X10, the actor pulled out all the stops. Akki went to Bangkok and did a special course to train for the challenging underwater sequence.

    The underwater sequence was shot by director Nagesh Kukunoor at a pool in Chembur last week. Managing Director Percept Holdings, Shailender Singh says, "We are very excited about this film. It's a psychological super-thriller and there can't be a better actor to play this role.

    Akshay is so committed... we suggested using a stuntman but he ruled it out and insisted on doing the part himself, and the results are amazing." Apparently, such a scene has never been seen before in Hindi cinema. "Akki is playing a super-hero but not with supernatural powers." he clarifies.

    The scene is a highly adventurous sequence in deep waters and the actor is tied up in chains. It's a long fight sequence with other co-actors. Before leaving for Bangkok last night, Akshay spoke about the underwater sequence, "It was an amazing experience because I did it myself. You have to be well-prepared for underwater sequences.

    If you don't do it properly, it can cause all kinds of health problems. Before I shot for the scene, I made sure that I was well-trained to do it. I underwent a special course in Bangkok for the same. I even have a paddy instructor's certificate, which one only gets after getting trained in underwater swimming."

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