Bollywood actors go the extra mile to fit in their character. They do not limit themselves to just acting but get involved in high-risk stunts as well, just for that extra thrill and adrenaline rush.
We see them jumping, swimming, rescuing their friends/lover, or opening fire in a battle, but the magic of Bollywood is not always what it looks like. While some actors choose to take it on themselves and do it on their own, there are others who perform the tasks with body doubles.
Most action-packed films which revolve around stunts have these stunt doubles doing the real action for Bollywood’s superstars.
1- Hrithik Roshan – Mohenjo Daro
The Greek God of Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan, mostly prefer to perform the action sequences himself. But in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Mohenjo Daro he used a body double for doing the stunts.
2- Aamir Khan – Dhoom 3
Aamir Khan is popularly known as the perfectionist of Bollywood. He used a body double for Dhoom 3, for all the bike scenes in Downtown Chicago.
3- Shah Rukh Khan – Fan
SRK plays his own fan in this movie. With Fan, the director has tried to capture the beauty of Croatia, a place that has never been filmed earlier in Bollywood. Shah Rukh has a double role in the film and also a body double.
4- Shah Rukh Khan – Chennai Express
The movie was a roller coaster ride of love, fun and action. SRK was seen opposite Deepika Padukone in the movie. He used body double for shooting some of the action sequences in the movie.
5- Ranveer Singh – Bajirao Mastani
The movie was a major hit and Ranveer Singh was praised a lot for his impeccable performance in the movie. The actor used a body double to shoot some of those high risky sequences in the movie.
6- Katrina Kaif – Dhoom 3
Though Katrina worked hard on her dancing skills for the movie Dhoom 3, but she used a body double for filming risky action sequences.
7- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – Dhoom
The beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan avoids doing the action sequences on her own and prefers using a body double. In the movie Dhoom, she used a body double to perform the action sequences.
8- Deepika Padukone – Chandni Chowk to China
Deepika Padukone played a double role of twin sisters in the movie. All her action sequences were performed by a body double named Geeta.
9- Abhishek Bachchan – Raavan
Mani Ratnam’s Raavan failed to show its magic on the box office. In the movie, Abhishek Bachchan used a body double named MS Balram to shoot the action sequences.
10- Salman Khan – Ek Tha Tiger
The movie was packed with great action sequences which were performed by a body double named Jawed El Berni. The movie is one of the biggest hit of Salman Khan.
11- Akshay Kumar – Chandni Chowk to China
Akshay Kumar is known for his fitness and doing the stunts on his own. But sometimes, due to health conditions, he prefers using a body double for filming the action sequences, as he did in Chandni Chowk to China.
12- Dimple Kapadia
Dimple Kapadia is one of the best actresses of her time. But the actress always preferred using a body double for action sequences instead of doing them on her own. Reshma, Bollywood’s favorite yesteryear female stunt double, had been putting her life on the line, pulling off dangerous stunts for Dimple Kapadia.
13- Hema Malini
Among the many films where Reshma has played a body double, the most iconic has been Sholay. Yes, she has also acted as a body double for the Dream Girl in many movies.
14- Shah Rukh Khan – Don
Don was packed with some really breathtakingly action sequences, and SRK’s stunts were performed by a body double. Before suffering a back injury while shooting for the movie Shakti, the King of Bollywood used to perform his stunts on his own.
15- Meenakshi Sheshadri – Damini
Reshma, Bollywood’s favorite yesteryear female stunt double, who pulled off dangerous stunts for many Bollywood divas also performed stunts for actress Meenakshi Sheshadri in the movie Damini. The movie also starred Rishi Kapoor and Sunny Deol in lead roles.
16- Salman Khan – Tiger Zinda Hai
The action sequences of Salman Khan in the second installment of the Tiger series, Tiger Zinda Hai were carried out by body double Parvez Kazi. Parvez was also roped in for doing Salman’s stunts in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
17- Hrithik Roshan- Bang Bang
Hrithik was so kicked about remaking Knight and Day that he decided to do all the stunts himself. Even after injuring himself while filming he performed a majority of the stunts on his own. But for the others, he needed a body double.
18 – John Abraham – Force 2
South African stunt expert ‘Darren McLean’ was hired to perform the stunts in John’s “Force 2”. Though John is amongst the muscular actor in Industry but performing risky stunts may put his career at stake.
Next time you think your job is thankless, think of these guys. So much worldwide fame for these stunts and none of the credit comes to them!