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Down but not out

For Bollywood’s hunks, an injury is no excuse to stop shooting.

bollywood Updated: Oct 07, 2010 02:23 IST

Actor Hrithik Roshan was at his professional best while shooting for the song, Jaane kiske khwaab, from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s soon-to-release film, Guzaarish. Despite nursing a knee injury, the actor did his bit without making a hue and cry.

“It seemed like an almost impossible task when we started on the week-long rehearsals, but Hrithik is a courageous actor. And even though he couldn’t bend his knee at right angles, for one particular sequence, he was on and off the dance floor and flying!” says choreographer Ashley Lobo.

Hrithik is not the only actor to subscribe to the ‘no pain, no gain’ philosophy. Film-makers say several other actors are just as professional .

“The cost of film production is quite high nowadays, and it is a task to get the dates of stars together. Even a delay of 3-4 days costs the producer a bomb. Actors understand that, too, and so, continue to work despite injuries. But, they should not overstress themselves, as it can effects their other projects,” says film–maker Anees Bazmee.

“The show must go on! Hats off to the actors who continue working despite injuries. But, such things depend on the individual as much as on the injury,” says film-maker Sajid Khan.

But, film-maker Anurag Kashyap admits that it’s not always smooth sailing. “There is lot of pressure on a film–maker while the shooting is on. Without naming anyone, I can tell you that there are lots of stars who, when they get injured, throw major tantrums. For some actors, getting injured actually gives them a reason to work more, because that way, they can prove a point to everyone,” says Kashyap.

Akshay Kumar injured himself during the shoot of Housefull in 2009, and had to be rushed to the hospital. But, he resumed work as soon as he was discharged

John Abraham fractured his foot while shooting for Hook Ya Crook in 2009. But, not only did John continue working, he didn’t even realise he had a fracture till much later

Shah Rukh Khan, who had injured his shoulder while working for Dulha Mil Gaya in 2009, did not take a break and immediately started shooting for My Name Is Khan

Vivek Oberoi injured his neck while shooting for a song for his film, Prince, in 2010. Although the shoot was delayed thanks to his injury, Vivek resumed work within three days