An action sequence on the sets of Kambakkt Ishq, a romantic comedy revolving around an Indian stuntman who takes Hollywood by storm, almost turned fatal for Akshay Kumar.
Shot at the Universal Studios, the scene choreographed by Hollywood action director, Spiro Razatos, replicated a flash flood in Mexico.
It required the Bollywood action hero, who doubles up for Sylvester Stallone in the movie, to ride a tidal wave. Akshay went through several rehearsals to ensure that safety checks were in place. “During these practice sessions we did not release a lot of water. But for the one-shot final take that was being covered by five cameras, we opened up all the industrial water tanks from which 40,000 gallons of water flew out. Akshay, who is a strong swimmer otherwise, was swept away by the deluge and in front of our eyes, went under water,” director Shabir Khan recalls.
In those long minutes of absolute panic and chaos, everyone rushed to turn the water off and wondered how to rescue Akshay, who had vanished. Then, to their amazement and delight, he struggled to the surface and was pulled up to safety.
“Akshay’s done his share of daredevil stunts and some deep sea diving as well. But still, to come through without any equipment, is nothing short of a miracle,” says a relieved Khan. He adds that during post-production, whenever anyone from outside the unit saw the scene, the first reaction was, “How the hell did you shoot that?” Khan’s answer to the query: “Only I know what hell we all went through to shoot that!”