The entertainment industry is well known for using stunt doubles to substitute actors during stunts. However, some daredevils love doing their stunts. Here is the list of the top 10 action scenes that actors performed themselves.
1. KGF Chapter 2 Climax Scene
played supervillain Adheera in the KGF 2. He insisted on not using body double in all his action sequences. A source claimed that the KGF Chapter 2 team wanted him to work in a safe environment because he just recovered from cancer treatment. Director Prashanth Neel suggested simplifying Dutt’s stunts, but he would disagree. He wanted to do them exactly how they were written without compromise or cheating. He then performed all the dangerous stunts by himself, including the climax scene shot on a large scale centered around a coal mine.
2. Helicopter Scene In Baaghi 2
Promising young actor
often advocates for doing his stunts without body doubles. In Baaghi 2, he performed a daredevil chopper stunt alone. The challenging sequence required Tiger to jump off a cliff, navigate a 120-foot fall through trees, and land on the ground. Director Ahmed Khan was skeptical about Tiger doing the stunt to be shot in Thailand on his own. According to him, a single gash on Tiger’s face could cost him his whole career. Tiger performed it and after the scene, he had severely bruised his back, thighs and elbows.
3. Combat Fight Scene In Commando
Bollywood action star needs no introduction for his action skills. The film Commando was an amalgamation of jiu-jitsu and kalaripayattu, which had never been done before. The director couldn’t find body double for hand-to-hand combat action. Vidyut, who has been a national gymnast learned Kalaripayattu from the age of 3, and did all acrobatic stunt scenes on his own. The stunts were completed without cables or computer graphics except for the dive in the valley.
4. Chopper Stunt In Sooryavanshi
Bollywood star is well known for performing his stunts without body doubles since his Khiladi days. In the high-octane action movie Sooryavanshi, he performed a daring chopper scene without a stunt double. According to Rohit, they harnessed the bike because it would fall otherwise, and Akshay Kumar’s job was to hold the ramp of the chopper. The chopper took off a bit and then the director harnessed him and then captured the following image. The shooting took place in Bangkok.
Bollywood Greek God
is known for pulling off his stunts. The cult scene in Jodha Akbar, where he battles with an Elephant, was performed by him. The film's stunt director,
, spoke out about Hrithik choosing not to use a body double in the sequence and praised him for pulling off a risky feat without assistance. According to Dhawan, Hrithik is very professional and no duplicates are used in that (elephant) scene. Hrithik used to give the Elephant bananas daily before packing up to become familiar with it.
is known for ripping and breaking things in his movies. In the action movie Satyameva Jayate, he ripped apart a massive tyre. He damaged five doors by pulling them out from five police vans for different action scenes. The entire production department had to arrange for more doors. Director Milap mentioned in an interview that John bruised himself badly while doing the action scenes. He had a fever but didn’t stop despite having ligament tears and foot cuts. He could have easily opted out of the shoot that day. Imagine what he can do when he’s fit and fine. He probably would have ripped the car apart.
7. Action Scenes In Singham
returned to action with the movie Singham, directed by
. He insisted on doing his stunts without body double. The stunts were designed by Rohit Shetty, who gave him the option of stunt double because of the deadly nature of the stunts. The movie had some ridiculous action scenes that included the “car park scene” where he exits the car while it’s still moving and uprooting a lamp without flinching in another action sequence.
8. Climax Scene In Spyder
is a well-renowned star in South Industry. He didn’t want to use stunt double for his movie to feel the intensity of emotions. Mahesh Babu rescues people stuck in a crumbling hospital building. Stunt choreographer Peter mentioned that the climax scene took 15 days to shoot. Over 90 per cent of the sequence was shot live. They erected a specially designed set and a lot of special effects needed to be tailored into it as well. The CG (computer graphics) department worked in tandem, and even a few days before release, they spent time ironing out the scenes.
9. Bike Stunts In Vivegam
Kollywood Star Ajith has been known for doing his stunts for decades. In his highly anticipated movie Vivegam, Ajith expressed interest in doing stunts himself. Director Siva described that there are three major action scenes in the film. The bike stunts turned out amazingly well, and even the foreign choreographer
was surprised at his ability to pull off the stunt sequences. Ajith used to be a bike racer. The team shot scenes at sub-zero temperatures with dim lights to get the night effects. Due to snowfall, the road was slippery and hence dangerous. The bike stunt sequence was one of the Highlights of the movie.
10. Wrestling In Pailwaan
Sudeep was very interested in doing boxing and wrestling scenes himself to gain new experience. In an interview, he stated that much effort and willpower has gone into getting this physique. His workout regime and diet for Pailwaan became a trend by itself. He has accepted that his preparations for Pailwaan were a life-changing experience. He looked like a professional boxer and performed all the stunts despite suffering from several body injuries. The makers hired a Hollywood stunt coordinator and fight choreographer Larnell Stovall to choreograph boxing sequences for Sudeep.