Action movies have a wide audience and many drool over the amazing stunts that our favorite actors and actresses pull off with such conviction. Certainly, there are talented minds and spectacular imaginations behind these jaw-dropping scenes. BollyCurry has dedicated the month of February to parallel cinema and it's only fair that we bring to the fore the forces behind the astonishing action stunts in Bollywood films!
The driving force behind numerous blockbusters is this Punjabi born action director. Kaushal is the man behind hits like Krrish 3 (2013), Goliyon Ki Rasleela - Ram Leela (2013), Dhoom 3 (2013) and Gunday (2014). He won the Filmfare Best Action Award for Gangs of Wasseypur I and II (2012), as well as the IIFA Best Action Award and the 19th Annual Screen Awards for the same. Kaushal is the action director for the upcoming Bajirao Mastani and Phantom.
Best known for his work in recent hits such as Ungli (2014), Mary Kom (2014) and Bang Bang! (2014), Shaikh has won the Zee Cine and Screen Award for Best Action Director in 2011 for Ra.One. He is expected to direct the stunts in the upcoming Bank Chor and Fan, both under the Yash Raj banner.
Vijayan is most known to be the man behind the action for most of Salman Dabangg Khan's films, and is quite well known in the Southern industries as well. Master Vijayan, as he's commonly called, has films like Wanted (2009), Dabangg (2010) and Bodyguard (2012) to his credit. His first award was given to him by Filmfare for Best Action for Salman's hit film, Wanted. However his biggest success story is probably the extremely successful Dabangg, for which he won the Best Action awards at almost every award ceremony that year, including the Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Filmfare, the Global Indian Film Awards, IIFA and the 6th AXN Awards. His work will next be seen in a Telugu Film, Temper, which is slated for a February release.
After working his way up from an assistant action director, Tamil born Peter Hein is now a sought after action coordinator. More popular in the Tamil industry, Hein has still managed to make a name for himself in Bollywood with movies like Tashan (2008), Ghajini (2008), Agent Vinod (2012) and Race 2 (2013) to his credit. He has won the Filmfare Best Action Award for Ghajini, as well as awards for his Tamil and Telugu films. His upcoming film Shuddhi was recently announced.
This list is incomplete without the talented Allan Amin, a man known for flicks like Dil Se (1998), Mission Kashmir (2000), Main Hoon Naa (2004), Dhoom (2004), Dus (2005), Rang De Basanti (2006), Dhoom 2 (2006) and Race (2008). Amin won the Filmfare Best Action Award for Mission Kashmir, Qayamat: City Under Threat (2003) and Dus. Amin has been on a hiatus since 2013, but his fans hope he will show up soon with another blockbuster.
It's safe to conclude that without the masterminds of these brilliant action heroes of real life, movies would just be unsubstantial with mediocre visual effects. Be sure to fill the space below with your favorite action film and send your best wishes for Bollywood's action directors.
Author: Mohini N.
Editors: Nisha M. and Gunia K.
Graphics: Marsh P.
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