We all like watching action movies, with the hero jumping, rolling, and other moves that make our hearts flutter. However, in most of these movies, actors take the help of a stuntman to do these jobs. They are like the hidden hero of a film.
Behind the screen, they perform risky activities, including car crashes, falling from a height, dragging, and explosions. They risk their life and health to achieve the perfect shots that make the movie exemplary.
In the Bollywood industry, only a few actors perform their own actions. Aside from them, most actors and actresses use a body double for stunts. Nevertheless, many of us do not even know the name of them.
So, today let us appreciate all the stunt performers who present us with breathtaking movements.
1. Haji Kasam
Haji Kasam was a veteran stunt double also well-known as Haji Bhai. He had presented with many astonishing action scenes in the Bollywood industry. His specialty was doing car stunts.
Reversing a car upside down while staying on air is like a doodle for him. Bollywood has approached him for many movies like Tezaab, Inaam Dus Hazaar, and Karishma.
However, the stuntman lost his life on camera while doing a stunt in 1991. He was performing as the stunt double of Anil Kapoor. During the shooting of the film Hamla that Haji Bhai passed away during a complicated underwater action where he had to take the car and jump into the water. Unfortunately, his car lost control, and he could not make it.
2. Habib Haji
Habib Haji is a well-known stunt double in the Bollywood is industry. He is the son of deceased stuntman Haji Kasam.
Although he saw the infelicitous death of his father during the sets of a film shoot, he could not ignore the lure of doing stunts.
Habib chose the same profession as his father. Like an inheritance, he also holds the same forte as his father. He had pulled off flipping a car in the air for a chase sequence like his late father. The man also loves to collect the old motorcars from the sets.
3. Sanober Padilla
There are not as many stuntwomen in the Bollywood industry, and Sanober Padilla is one of them. This stunt double has the bold spirit to perform some dangerous stunts. And thanks to her, we can see some Bollywood actresses in action.
Working since the age of twelve, Sanober has been in the industry for a while. She chooses to work with a good action direction, so the rate of risk is lesser. She has played as a body duplicate for many famous actresses like Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai, and Kareena Kapoor.
4. Riyaz Shaikh
Riyaz Shaikh is a demanding Bollywood stunt actor. He has been in the industry for a while. Nevertheless, no one can question the wellness of the man.
Riyaz started his stunting career with low-risk films like Govinda. After that, he has worked for many prominent actors like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, and many others.
Stunt actor Munna is a recognized stuntman with an exceptional physique in the Bollywood industry. He is more than 6 feet tall and acts as a stunt double for many actors.
The stuntman has done many risky activities. Performing stunts can be dangerous sometimes, and that is why Munna always favors safety when working. However, the actor is not afraid of scratches or brushes.
6. Asif Mehta
Body double Asif Mehta has been working for around seven years in the industry of Bollywood. He has worked with some well-known actors like Emraan Hashmi and Manoj Bajpai.
Asif’s father was also a stuntman. Unlike his father, Asif studied graphic design in Australia. Regardless, the energy of a stuntman flows through his body. He was interested in motorbike racing. After confronting an accident, he chose the career of a body double, listening to his father.
7. MS Balram
MS Balram has made his name as a stuntman with the film Raavan, directed by Mani Ratnam’s Raavan. The lead actor of the movie was Abhishek Bachchan,
The brilliantly captured scene of Abhishek diving into a river from a high cliff was actually done by MS Balram.