He is 49 and he still does daring stunts. Sanjay Dutt jumped off a speeding train blindfolded and with his hands tied behind his back - for a death-defying Rs.1.5 crore (Rs.15 million) scene in 'Luck'.
According to director Soham Shah, Sanjay's sequence is the 'biggest and the most expensive' highlight of the film.
'It is Sanju's (Sanjay's) introductory sequence. Along with other actors, he jumps from a running train, blindfolded with his hands tied behind his back. The scene is about these characters testing their luck,' Shah said in a press statement.
'When we narrated the scene to him, he said he didn't want to use any safety measures or dummies. He was kicked about shooting such a high-voltage action scene on his own,' said Shah, who had kept cables and harnesses ready for the safety of his actors.
Commenting upon the scene, Sanjay said: 'I hadn't shot such a hardcore action sequence in a long time. So when the opportunity arose, I decided to do it myself. Initially, I was a bit nervous but then I gauged the jump from the cage in the train to the tracks. After the jump, we had to speed away from the train and keep running. For that split second, I had my heart in my mouth but fortunately things went well.'
The entire sequence, which involved five trains, was supervised by ace action director Allan Amin and was canned in Goa.
'The train sequence was technically impossible to set up in Mumbai or any other big city, so we shot it in Goa. The authorities helped us and some trains were kept on standby for a couple of days. It was a very expensive shoot. A five-day shoot with five trains a day cost us over Rs.1.5 crore.'
'Luck', which also stars Imran Khan, Shruti Hassan and Mithun Chakraborty, is slated to release July 24.