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Meet Bollywood’s Spidermen

What’s making actors Imran Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar and Vivek Oberoi scale walls, literally? It’s Bollywood’s latest fitness obsession: Parkour. Parkour actually enables the action hero to...

entertainment Updated: Mar 25, 2010 00:53 IST

Hrithik RoshanWhat’s making actors Imran Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar and Vivek Oberoi scale walls, literally? It’s Bollywood’s latest fitness obsession: Parkour.

An urban adventure sport, this relatively lesser-known physical discipline of French origin involves moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using the reflexes and agility of the human body.

Actor Vivek Oberoi has jumped on the Parkour bandwagon for his upcoming film, Prince, which boasts of some nerve-wracking action sequences. Says Vivek, “I love doing my own stunts. I had to go through specific disciplines of training for five months to achieve the sophisticated action sequences with precision.”

Parkour actually enables the action hero to take down the bad guys by leaping from building to building, scaling walls effortlessly and dropping down from great heights, quite like Hrithik Roshan did in Krrish.

Actor Akshay Kumar, who is famous for doing all his stunts himself, used this technique in Singh is Kinng, Chandni Chowk to China and a popular aerated drink commercial recently. A martial arts trainer himself, he went through formal training for the same and is also reported to have built a parkour gym in his Mumbai flat.

Says actor Imran Khan, who underwent seven-hour parkour sessions to prepare for his film Kidnap with the help of a British expert, “Parkour has become very cool in Bollywood now, but it has been practised since years by actors like Jackie Chan.”

Parkour is gaining popularity in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Online tutorials help young enthusiasts, who miss the guidance of professional trainers. A Delhi-based six member group, Parkour India, practices this discipline. They offer online tutorials at parkourindia.com.