Some movies are a laugh for the audience but hell for the actor. Double Dhamaal is one of them,” admits Arshad Warsi who has had his face dunked in a fish tank and dived into the sea in Hong Kong while filming the highly anticipated sequel that opens in the theatres on June 24. “The last stunt was a bad idea, I shouldn’t have pulled it.”
The actor goes on to point out that because of all the ships that sail into the busy port and some oil spills in recent times the sea in Hong Kong is highly polluted and strictly avoidable. But there was a scene in the Indra Kumar directed comic caper that required him to jump into the water, swim a short distance and then hop into a boat. “I was advised by friends not to get into the sea but I thought, ‘What the hell, it’s just a simple shot!’” he says.
Arshad who plays Aditya Shrivastava and a Sikh named Ghanta Singh in the film, didn’t even bother with the precautionary injection you need to take as a safety shot and just popped a few pills since he wasn’t going to be in the water for too long. “It was a warm day, 24 degrees Celsius, and I didn’t feel the need to get into a wet suit. But to my shock, the water was freezing and by the time I reached the boat, my teeth were chattering,” he says.
And that was just the beginning of the after-effects of what was a foolhardy act. HE further recalls, “My skin broke out into rashes… small bumps all over… and I started feeling sick.”
Fortunately, with timely medical attention, the problem didn’t aggravate. “But it made me realise that swimming in strange seas is no laughing matter,” he signs off.