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There are no gimmicky action sequences in Tevar, says director

Stunt director Sham Kaushal and debutant director Amit Ravindernath Sharma claim they avoided watching the Telugu film Okkadu which inspires their next Tevar, so that the movie does not have 'gimmicky stunts'. Sonakshi, too, says the action is less exaggerated.

bollywood Updated: Jan 02, 2015, 17:32 IST
Meeta Sarkar
Meeta Sarkar
Hindustan Times

Fans of Arjun Kapoor will see him in a new avatar, doing some intense action sequences in his next film, Tevar, which also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee. The film, which is not a run-of-the-mill love story, also has its share of action. And we’ve been told that Arjun will be performing some high-octane stunts in it.

To make this possible, the makers roped in action and stunt director Sham Kaushal, who has earlier worked with Arjun in Ishaqzaade (2012) and Gunday (2014), to chalk out action sequences that would look believable and realistic. Apparently, Sham chose to not watch the original Telugu film, Okkadu (2003), in order to avoid over-the-top stunts.

Director Amit Ravindernath Sharma says, "Sham and I decided that the film will not have gimmicky stunts. The film’s action is relatable and believable; something a guy from a small town could pull off. Also, when you look at Arjun, his stature, voice, strength and the fact that he has an intimidating screen presence, makes him the quintessential action hero."

Sham agrees, adding that they "kept his strengths and weaknesses in mind while designing the stunts". He further says, "He managed to perform all of them like a pro. Any young actor would have been overwhelmed with the scale of the final climax action sequence, but Arjun came in well-prepared and the results are there for everyone to see."

According to producer Sunil Lulla, the movie has all the essential elements of a commercial film. He explains, "Tevar is an out-and-out entertainer that has something for everyone — action, romance, drama and foot-tapping music. It’s the perfect film to flag off the new year."

But does Arjun see himself as a complete action hero? The actor says, "I don’t know how much of an action hero I am, but I will admit that, with this film, we pushed the envelope when it comes to action and adrenaline-pumping stunts. We’ve received some great feedback and I hope we hit the bull’s eye with this one."

Arjun has also been receiving a lot of support from his uncle, Sanjay Kapoor, who has also produced the film. Sanjay says, "With Arjun’s height and structure, he looks believable while enacting action sequences."

Interestingly, Arjun isn’t the only one to have performed stunts in the film. He was joined by Sonakshi too. And she’s, naturally, excited about it. Sonakshi says, "It was great fun performing the stunts in the film. What’s different about the action in the film is the fact that you will not see 15 guys flying away with just one punch; it’s more real, and less exaggerated."

Boney Kapoor’s Tevar is presented by Eros International and Sanjay Kapoor Entertainment Production. Produced by Sanjay Kapoor, Sunil Lulla, Naresh Agarwal and Sunil Manchanda, starring Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee, the film is scheduled to release on January 9, 2015.

Tevar will mark the directorial debut of ad film-maker Amit Ravindernath Sharma.

Did you know?

Not a single action scene has been shot in a studio with croma. All the action scenes have been shot in real locations.

Arjun insisted on performing the crucial action scenes himself, without a stunt double.

Arjun would shoot these scenes in the absence of his father, producer Boney Kapoor and uncle Sanjay Kapoor, as he didn't want them to panic and fret about his safety.

A certain scene in the film required Sonakshi to fall from a 15-feet high building. However, despite her initial scepticism, she was completely game for it.
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