Anushka to Tiger: Bollywood stars fight hard with all their might

  • Jigar Shah, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2016 08:21 IST
Anushka is training hard for Sultan. (Twitter)

Bollywood actors often talk about getting under the skin of their characters for their roles. At times, this process involves acquiring a skill or learning something completely new. Many actors don’t mind going the extra mile. For instance, Tiger Shroff, who is trained in taekwondo and wushu, turned to Kalaripayattu for his next, Baaghi.

Kunal Kapoor, who is preparing for his multi-lingual film, Veeram, has also turned to the same form of martial arts. “It’s a physically demanding role. I trained in Kalaripayattu with a teacher from Kerala. I had trained in it earlier, too, but the northern style is mostly weapon-based, with swords and daggers. So, I had to work on a whole new set of skills,” he says.

On the other hand, John Abraham learnt Tai Chi and Aikido in Thailand for his upcoming film, Rocky Handsome. “When I came back (from Thailand), and people saw my body, it was full of black and blue marks,” the actor had told us in an interview in the past. The film’s director, Nishikant Kamat, had said, “We wanted to do something that we’ve never seen in Indian cinema, and John being John, did his best.”

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Anushka Sharma, who plays a wrestler from Haryana in the Salman-starrer Sultan, has spent six weeks learning different wrestling styles. Her trainer, Jagdish Kaliraman, says, “Wrestling is a difficult sport, but in spite of that, Anushka gave it her best. During the training, she observed every move that we showed her very carefully.”

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