Despite reportedly being apprehensive about returning to stunts, actor Ajay Devgn insists that he performed all the action scenes in his upcoming flick Singham on his own. With the stunts being designed by director Rohit Shetty himself, Ajay was determined not to turn to a stunt double, despite the crew giving him the option to do so because of the deadly nature of the stunts.
Stunt devil One particular sequence that reportedly had everybody, including the director, on edge was a move called the ‘kechi (scissor) stunt’ which the actor had performed himself over a decade ago. It involved him holding the neck of an opponent with his legs, which take the shape of a scissor, and then quickly twisting the neck of his attacker as he uncrosses his legs. Given that he was younger and fitter when he first performed the stunt, Ajay was doubtful if he would be able to do it justice.
After gathering his wits, he gave it a go and managed to pull it off without the help of a harness. The actor admits the reason he took up Singham after almost swearing off action films is because he was impressed with the script, which lured him back from the Golmaal variety of comedy flicks he’s come to be associated with.
“It manages to be an entertainer while being a hard-hitting practical drama. Also, it has amazing action sequences,” he adds. “I am glad that I did manage to pull it off.”
Friends, not foes
About the comparisons made between Salman Khan’s 2010 blockbuster Dabangg and his own movie, Ajay says, “We have nothing to do with Dabangg. The only similarity is that both the lead actors, Salman and I, are wearing uniforms. So there should be no comparisons.”
He adds, “I found out that Salman liked my body and expressed it on Twitter. It made me feel nice. This shows that there is no rivalry between us, unlike the reports that go around. We all support and appreciate each other.”