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Action comes of age in Bollywood

The good old dhishoom dhishoom in Bollywood filmshas been successfully replaced by high-stylised action. Princy Jain delves into the phenomenon.
Hindustan Times | By Princy Jain, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2007 07:53 PM IST

You saw it in Krrish, a bit more in the Dhoom series.. those air-kicks and high jumps. The good old dhishoom dhishoom has been successfully replaced by high-stylised action and it's only getting better.

Racy and fast paced, these films are made edgier than ever. The next on the anvil is Anubhav Sinha's Cash toplining Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty, Zayed Khan and Riteish Deshmukh, in which the action is directed by the Hollywood stunt co-ordinator Antony Stone.

After having increased the style quotient with guns and steel in Dus, Sinha says Cash is a step ahead. "Action is an intricate genre now", he says and adds, "It is meant for the audience who appreciate Die Hard 4 and enjoy the Bond flicks. Though Indian films are yet to match the international budgets, we had to start from somewhere."

Sham Kaushal, action director of Krrish, Don and Kabul Express feels that the change in techniques in action movies has made the audience to go for it. He strongly believes that the days when one hero used to beat hundreds of villains are long gone.

"Today main revenue comes from the multiplex audience and the idea of one man bashing dozons of goons don't gel with multiplex goers," and adds, "With big filmmakers like Rakesh Roshan and Farhan Akhtar trying to break away from normal norms, the scenario is changing."

Rakesh Roshan too feels the same that audiences were tired of heroes breaking glasses or doors. "Most of the films revolve around family subjects, dramas and love themes and no one seemed to move away from it," says Roshan, adding "I decided I had to take these steps with Krrish, try something different and raise the bar, increase the standard of films being made here."

Director Sanjay Gadhvi reveals how he punned Dhoom 2. "The entire film was programmed on the desktop, which enabled us to shoot the film with a lot of perfection." Even the actors are enjoying all their stunts.

While Ajay Devgan and Akshay Kumar are dare devils by now, Esha Deol, Shamita Shetty and Amrita Arora are game to try a kick. Says Amrita Arora, "I love doing my action sequences. Moreover, they are so well-planned and safe that add thrills in life."

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