Abhishek Bachchan is known to commit time to prepare for challenging roles. For his part as Gurukant Desai in Mani Ratnam’s Guru, the actor had spent months putting on kilos to look convincing. And recently, when he found out that some action scenes in his latest film, Game, would need him to practice a martial art, he decided to go the extra mile and learn more than what was required.
What interests him more is the fact that the martial art isn’t a regular form like judo, karate or kung fu, but a comparatively lesser-known one called Kali, a Phillipine martial art.
Abhishek began training in Kali under the guidance of Kanishka, an expert from Delhi, much before the shooting began.
When he was in school, he pursued the two arts for a few years and even earned a brown belt in karate and a green belt in judo. But Kali is different, as it’s offensive in nature. "There’s no guard or any defensive moves in it," says Abhishek, enthusing that he had to make 15 to 20 moves in a single shot when they started filming.
Although Game releases today, Abhishek is keen on training in Kali as part of his regular fitness routine.
"Even though it is an offensive form, I’d like to continue practicing it as it works well as part of my exercise regime. But you know the kind of schedules we actors have," he shrugs, before instantly reiterating, "Nonetheless, Kali is very intriguing."