Big B to play with fire in Eklavya

The actor said it was an exciting experience to participate in the nail-biting scenes filmed on him.
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Published on Jan 24, 2007 11:40 AM IST
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None | By United News of India, Mumbai

Despite having "burnt his fingers" in a fire in the past, an undeterred Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan still shows an undiluted sense of resilience and insists on having a tryst with flames again.

During the shoot of Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Eklavya - the Royal Guard, he insisted on doing an awe-inspiring scarf-burning scene in spite of the director's suggestion of using a body double.

While filming an action sequence in the movie, the Big B ended up nearly getting stamped by a camel. "When you are doing an action scene, you obviously know these are the sequences which can go wrong. These are not real but manufactured. And when you manufacture some things, the balance as well as the timing can go wrong. The camel decided to kick me in the head. Actually, I should thank Vinod for giving me the turban which saved me," says the legendary actor during interaction with the media here recently.

Apart from the senior Bachchan, other actors also insisted on doing their own stunts. Boman Irani ended up getting nearly hit by a bullet and Jackie Shroff almost missed being knocked down by a moving train while doing his action sequence, according to Chopra.

With every actor in Eklavya firm on doing their own stunts, there were many thrilling and exhilarating moments during the shoot of the contemporary action drama in Rajasthan, recalled Chopra.

Amitabh Bachchan, who plays the title role in the flick, said it was an exciting experience to participate in the nail-biting scenes filmed on him.

Speaking about his action sequence, Boman Irani says, "There is a shot of me sitting in the car with a bullet passing by my ear and through the back screen of the car. Action director Tinu Verma decided to fire a live bullet into the back screen and he was sitting right there between my legs with a gun and said, "Thoda darne ka acting karo"(act as if you are frightened). I told him not to worry but I,indeed, was scared. Tinu Verma shot and the

bullet went past my ear and hit the back screen of the old vintage car. Tinnuji was supposed to aim at the center but it went two inches high and hit the metal frame."

Eklavya is slated to hit the marquee. Besides Bachchan, Jackie and Boman, the film stars Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Jimmy Shergill, Raima Sen and Sharmila Tagore.

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