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Injuries, Stars and world of Filmmaking
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
SHAHRUKH KHAN and HRITHIK ROSHAN
Two small news items must have disturbed the sleep of the filmmakers in India. First was related to injuries that Shah Rukh Khan suffered while shooting for his film DULHA MIL GAYA, and second was relating to the injuries that Hrithik Roshan suffered while shooting for his film KITES. Small incidents like these keep on making news but when it happens in the case of big stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan it becomes a problem as a lot of money is at stake. Injury to these professionals and top stars has had a debilitating effect on the financial moral and financial health of the film industry.
Off late there has been a zealous perseverance among the stars to be as authentic as possible while delivering the stunts. It is being sold as a USP for the film, but the moot point is, whether the audience is able to discern between a stunt made by the stunts man or a professional star. It can give a personal satisfaction to the star that has performed this stunt, but for the audience, who is flowing along with the narrative, the effort may not have that innovativeness.
It cuts the career of the stars as well, when they are forced to take a leave from their busy shooting schedule, and all the schedules go haywire. The glaring examples under this category are Suniel Shetty, Sunny Deol, and Bobby Deol, who were forced to take a sabbatical on account of the injuries that they suffered. The subject matter of film may also get affected if the shooting schedule gets disturbed and the film may become stale. It is also not possible to sell the film by marketing the injury to the star as an USP, as it was done for the first time through COOLIE where Amitabh Bachchan was injured. It had a resounding success, but the concept of injury as an USP subsequently lost its importance.
It is therefore high time that the stars start having a relook into the option of doing the stunts themselves, as it puts their careers at stake, financial health of the film and as a by-product of the industry is also imperiled.