On April 1, Abhishek Bachchan will return to theatres with Game that promises plenty of thrills and spills. And to ensure that happens, he wasn’t prepared to fool the audience with duplicates and cheat shots. When required to run down a 50-metre road in Palat, a village in Istanbul, the star waved off the services of a body double and huffed through the sequence himself. He even trained under a Turkish marathon runner to ensure an injury-free run.
Co-producer Ritiesh Sidhwani admits that the film is along the lines of the Bond and Bourne series, with a bit of the Dev Anand classic Jewel Thief thrown in: “Abhishek is the suave owner of a casino in Istanbul, who dashes through Turkey, Greece, England, Thailand and India, leaving behind clues.” Bachchan has also shot a music video, choreographed by Shiamak Davar that will be screened with the end credits. ‘Kaun hai ajnabee…’ also features his co-stars, Kangna Ranaut and Sarah Jane Dias.Another Bachchan film, Players, also has some nail-biting chopper and car stunts picturised on him. The actor got to race around in Mini Coopers in the official ‘desi’ version of The Italian Job during a month-long schedule in New Zealand.
“There were only 23 of these small cars in New Zealand, we bought nine of them, three each in red, yellow and blue. One was for the actors, the other for the crew and a third as standby,” informs director duo Abbas-Mustan.
A self-confessed Michael Caine fan from the 1969 The Italian Job, Bachchan says that every day in Kiwi land threw up a new challenge. “I loved the car chases, through tunnels, down airport runways and alongside a speeding train,” he says. “This is my fourth film in New Zealand after Shararat, Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai and Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon. I still have to do the sky jump from the 192 metre high Sky Tower in Auckland.”