Taapsee Pannu and Akshay Kumar are all set to play undercover agents in Neeraj Pandey’s next, which is an action-thriller. Now we have got to know that Tapsee is getting trained in Krav Maga, an Israeli martial arts form, since the last few weeks.
"Since they are playing secret agents, there will be a lot of physical combat. So Neeraj thought that Taapsee should undergo an intense training regimen. That’s when Akshay arranged for a Krav Maga expert to train her," says an insider.
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For those who may not be aware, Krav Maga was originally developed for the military in Israel. It consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, wing chun, judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and grappling, along with realistic fight training.
Since Akshay is trained in martial arts (he has seventh-degree black belt), Neeraj and Taapsee were confident that he would get the best trainer for her.
"Akshay is keeping a close eye on her training regimen. Plus, he has also been talking to the trainer from time to time to stay updated with her progress. He wants all the action sequences with her to look real," adds the insider.
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While Akshay couldn’t be reached for a comment, Taapsee refused to reveal any details. She says, "I am not allowed to talk about the film, my role or what preparations I am undergoing for it."
Akshay gets his film title from KJo
By now, most are aware that Akshay Kumar is set to star in Prabhudheva’s next, which has an unusual title.
Not many know, though, that Karan Johar unwittingly came up with it. On Karan’s chat show, Akshay wore a blingy jacket.
On seeing this, the film-maker said, "Oh, today the Singh is bling (a pun on Akshay’s 2008 hit, Singh Is Kinng)." An insider says, "That line stayed with the actor. The next day, he decided to get the title registered, and he has now pulled it out for his next film, which fits the title perfectly," says an insider. Neither Akshay nor Karan could be reached for comment.