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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Tiger Zinda Hai’s heavy-duty action: Salman Khan fired 5000 cartridges from a MG42 machine gun

Tiger Zinda Hai is an action thriller that stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. The Christmas release has enough firepower to keep Salman fans absorbed.

bollywood Updated: Oct 30, 2017 12:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Salman Khan in an action-packed scene from Tiger Zinda Hai.
Salman Khan in an action-packed scene from Tiger Zinda Hai.

Salman Khan is gearing up for his next grand release, Tiger Zinda Hai, an action thriller set to entertain fans this Christmas. Here’s all we know about the star’s heavy-duty action sequences in the upcoming film opposite Katrina Kaif.

Salman, who reprises his role as Tiger, is seen wielding an MG 42 - a massive machine gun - in one of the promotional photos. Salman’s character fires the gun in an action sequence that forms a crucial part of the film’s plot.

Shooting the weapon, though, didn’t come easy. The MG 42 weighs 25-30 kg and has a magazine of cartridges attached to it, which makes the gun heavier.

Director Ali Abbas Zafar explained in a press statement, “When you feature a superstar like Salman Khan, who is known to pull his weight for a film’s action, you need to have weaponry that suits his stature and also fit in with the scale of Tiger Zinda Hai.”

”This fight sequence is part of a very crucial chapter in the film, and the weapon needed to match the scale and impact of this moment. For this scene, Salman fired around 5000 cartridges, over 3 consecutive days. It actually becomes one of the most iconic shots of the film. Because the gun was being used continuously, we needed to keep two such weapons ready for use. It generates extreme heat and we worked in very hot conditions. We had to flip the gun continuously, and keep both in perfect functioning condition,” he added.

For the action sequences, Zafar was supported by action coordinator Tom Struthers of Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises fame.

Tiger Zinda Hai, a sequel to the 2012 film directed by Kabir Khan, will see Salman and Katrina reprise their roles as spies Tiger and Zoya. The film has been shot in Abu Dhabi, Tyrol and Austria. Salman and Katrina have recently shot for a special song for the film in Greece.

After Tiger Zinda Hai, Salman and Zafar will collaborate again on Bharat, an adaptation of 2014 South Korean film Ode To My Father. To be produced by Salman’s brother-in-law, Atul Agnihotri. The film will be shot in Abu Dhabi, Spain and India and will go on floors in April next year.

Tiger Zinda Hai is slated to hit theatres on December 22.

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First Published: Oct 30, 2017 12:20 IST