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Are Bollywood Actors Paying the Price of ‘Machoism’?


Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan was the latest casualty. He figured in an accident while shooting Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Department’. A few days ago, his son Abhishek, actors Vivek Oberoi and Rana Daggubati also sustained serious injuries while performing stunts for their respective movies.

Then there was actor Shah Rukh Khan whose knee trouble necessitated surgery. Soon after Hrithik Roshan’s knees also needed medical attention after doing heavy action scenes in several films.

How about superstar Rajinikanth who had to be hospitalized for exhaustion, which caused the shooting of his ‘Rana’ with Deepika Padukone to be postponed.

Actor John Abraham himself suffered severe injuries while shooting his upcoming ‘Force’ , but continues to work despite a fractured finger.

Fitness trainers and action film choreographers blame it on the strenuous physical activity that these stars put their bodies into.

But, not one of the injured actors is about to quit because the competition to be a Bollywood hero is too stiff.

“Today most actors prefer doing their own stunts and things like being suspended from harness for hours can put a great strain on a body,” they add. “It’s not as easy as it looks for the stars, but with the competition, no one’s ready to go down on the knees here,” says industry analyst Komal Nahta.

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