Dan Bradley, who has choreographed action sequences for big-ticket Hollywood films such as Independence Day (1996), the Bourne series and Quantum Of Solace (2008), is one of the best-known names in the industry. Having been to India a few years ago to shoot for Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011) with Tom Cruise, he’s back, and this time, it’s for a Bollywood film.
Bradley, who prefers to be called a ‘second unit director’ as opposed to a ‘stunt director’, says that his shoot with Sunny Deol for the Ghayal (1990) sequel has attracted a lot more attention than when he has shot with top international stars. "I’ve worked with people like Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, and they do draw curiosity, but when I shoot with them on the streets of New York (USA), no one cares. Here, there are lakhs of people who just want to catch a glimpse of Sunny. The passion that fans in India have is the highest I have seen anywhere. Even when I’ve shot with George Clooney, only photographers have been around," he says.
At 58, Sunny is among the senior names in the industry. Ask Bradley if he had to keep the actor’s age in mind while choreographing stunts for him, and he retorts, "One of my last films, The Expendables 2 (2012), had a lot more senior actors (Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, among others), so it wasn’t an unusual situation for me."