From Sultan and Akira to Dangal and Dhoni: Bollywood’s sporty 2016 avatar

  • Anjuri Nayar Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 05, 2016 19:10 IST

A host of actors from Bollywood are training for different sports for their roles in upcoming films. While actor Amitabh Bachchan posted a picture of shooting with national level boxers, there is buzz that actor Karisma Kapoor will also be seen as a coach in her comeback film. Actor Shraddha Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput will be seen as a basketball player and a cricketer respectively in their upcoming films, Half Girlfriend and Dhoni.

Actor Shraddha Kapoor says that she is happy to have got the opportunity to play a basketball player in her next. (Hindustan Times)

Shraddha says that she is loving the role of a basketball player and adds that she is grateful to have got the opportunity to portray a different character on screen. “I underwent training and learnt basketball before we started shooting. It is great to explore new aspects with every film and be a part of an exciting journey,” she told us.

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Actor Sonakshi Sinha says that she has been training hard for her film Akira. (Instagram/aslisona)

Actor Sonakshi Sinha has also specially trained in martial arts for her upcoming film. “I have been training a little hard and being innovative now. I think learning something new for a film is very cool. It’s a fun thing to do and very exciting,” Sonakshi was quoted as saying. Buzz is that her preparation for the film includes a 30-day workshop with martial arts experts from Thailand.

“Sonakshi has impressed me with her action skills. She has trained extensively before the shoot, as well as when the shooting was on, and it shows in the film. She has surpassed my expectation with her action stunts. Sonakshi is the action girl of Bollywood,” filmmaker AR Murugadoss said, talking about how important it is for actors to train well for a role.

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Actor Sushant Singh Rajput says that professional training formed a major part of his preparation for the film. (Instagram/sushantsinghrajput)

Talking about how important training is, Sushant, who is part of actor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s biopic, says, “Although Dhoni’s biopic has a lot more than just cricket, professional training for the sport formed a major part of my preparation for the film. It was not easy to play like our cricket champion but the process was extremely enriching and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Trade analyst Amul Mohan says that as biopics become more important in Bollywood, actors reprising the roles of the protagonists are getting a chance to learn new things. “Biopics are in trend right now. And many of these films are based on the lives of sports personalities. That is why so many actors are getting the opportunity to learn new things.” However Mohan is quick to add that despite the hype around the biopics, they aren’t great for the box office. “It’s good that different kinds of films are being made. However, we have not had mixed response to sports films in India and only a few have done well,” he says.

Meanwhile other actors such as Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma will also be playing wrestlers in their upcoming film

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