Sunny Deol is excited about his television debut as a judge on the action-based show Jaanbaaz. He has already completed shooting 12 episodes. “In films, the focus is always on the stars. The audience doesn’t get to see the real people behind those daredevil stunts. Stuntmen are the real heroes who take risks, but their faces are always digitally replaced with the actors’,” he says.
The competition show aims to showcase such daring people, who put their lives at risk. He says, “While showing their skills, the format will reveal their emotional side too, along with their toughness.” Sunny equates them to “soldiers”, adding, “They know they may get hurt, break their bones or ribs, yet they embrace danger.”
The show will go on air as a one-hour prime time programme on Zee TV by September end or early October and will see stunt doubles of Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom 2 (2006) among others. Ajit Andhare, owner of Colosceum Media, who is producing the show says, “In films, retakes are allowed while doing stunts. But here, we’ve shot without any retakes, so whether the stunt is going wrong or right, the camera keeps rolling. There is no second chance because there’s a competition where stuntmen have to do the risky stunts in one go.”
Excited about the show, Ajit further reveals, “A stunt competition is the first of its kind on Indian TV and will appeal to the audience for its raw energy. The men won’t get any of the technological help that they get during films.”
A sportsman and stuntman himself, Sunny reveals that he has had four surgeries due to his “stupidity in the younger days”. He says, “Once, right after a surgery for a broken bone, I did a horse-riding action sequence for Yateem (1987). While doing the scene, the guy opposite me banged into me so hard that he flung off the horse and the pressure came on my back. Instead of going home, I locked myself in the hotel for four days because I was scared of getting scolded at by dad (Dharmendra).” The actor now advises the stuntmen on the show to be careful, because the wear and tear will show later.