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Readying stuntmen

chandigarh Updated: Nov 16, 2012 10:16 IST
Navleen Lakhi

Hollywood action director James Bomalick may be getting all the media attention, but when it comes to credentials, this karate and martial arts’ champion has a strong and long list too.

Meet 39-year-old Sanjay Gokal, who has launched Action Tek India, an action ‘school’ to provide action and stunt courses, in collaboration with Bomalick.

Gokal is a black belt 6th Dan and first-ever Indian to receive three halls of fame from the US. He has been successfully running Sanjay Karate School and Sanjay Cricket & Tennis School in Jalandhar.

In city on Thursday, Gokal talks about how the idea of such a school came about: “I met James in 2009 at Akshay Kumar Karate Tournament which is held annually at Andheri in Mumbai. James was there for the promotion of the Bollywood film Blue. That’s when we talked and the idea shaped up.”

Gokal consistently surveyed the stunt industry in Mumbai for three years. “It’s growing by the day. One can earn around R2.5 lakh in a week. The person who has done a rope stunt in Krrish 3 has charged R7 lakh for two days. Imagine the amount of money involved in this profession,” claims Gokal, who says, “But the platform to provide the requisite knowledge was missing.”

The Jalandhar-based action school, which will also have Bomalick coming in and training students once in a while, will commence from December 15 and provide three courses (basic, intermediate and advance) in a time period of three months.

The eligibility for enrollment is 18 years of age and a minimum qualification up to Class 12. Talking about placements, Gokal, who plans to open another branch in Mumbai, claims, “By the time the first batch passes out, we will be ready with two action films, Hindi and Punjabi, that I’m producing. There is enough work in Mumbai, thanks to rising demand for action sequences and stunts.”