Vidyut Jammwal: Fear is a great friend to have on action film

The Indian cinema landscape is witnessing a thrilling surge in the action genre, thanks to actor and producer Vidyut Jammwal, who is propelling audiences into the midst of adrenaline-packed extreme sports with his latest venture, “Crakk—Jeetegaa Toh Jiyegaa”. This groundbreaking film taps into a domain hitherto unexplored by the prolific Bollywood industry—an extreme sports action movie—and raises the bar for what viewers can anticipate from the cinematic portrayal of high-octane athleticism.

In an industry that regularly churns out larger-than-life films, it’s curious that Bollywood has not delved into this specific genre earlier. Jammwal, who has forged a reputation as a formidable action star, explains the conundrum. “Success in this genre isn’t guaranteed for everyone. It demands rigorous training,” he emphasizes. “Around the world, action movies garner immense affection and esteem. It’s a trend that is gaining traction in India, and we’re ready to forge ahead.”

Directed by Aditya Datt, “Crakk” explores the fierce world of an underground extreme sports competition where participants vie for the ultimate prize—emerging as the last man standing. The casting process for such an ambitious project required stars with the physicality and dedication to match the intensity of the stunts envisioned. Fortune favored Jammwal with the casting of Arjun Rampal, Nora Fatehi, and Amy Jackson, all of whom brought their A-game to the set.

Speaking about the necessary synchronization for the stunts, Jammwal details the commitment involved. “Arjun underwent significant training to match physicality. There’s a sequence where we’re both rappelling, and perfecting that took months,” he reveals. “Likewise, Nora honed her rollerblading skills, while I had training sessions in London with expert rollerbladers,” he adds, highlighting the extensive preparation that went into the production.

Preparation, however, only covers one aspect of such a high-risk undertaking. The other, equally vital component is safety. As the actor-producer of the film, Jammwal emphasizes that safety was paramount. He acknowledges the fear that accompanies performing life-threatening stunts, but also regards it as an invaluable partner. “You hire professionals who prioritize safety. Before every stunt, there’s an omnipresent fear, a natural fear that you must manage and overcome,” he states, underscoring that this fear is what ultimately drives the precision and care required to execute stunts without fatal risks.

“Crakk” is Jammwal’s sophomore production venture following “IB 71” (2023), and he attributes his approach to production to his ability to place himself in the shoes of the audience. His method involves conceptualizing stories that resonate deeply with him, ensuring they will also captivate the audience. He shares an anecdote about a cycling competition scene with Arjun Rampal—they wrote it as a standard sequence, but the execution exceeded their expectations and proved to be thrilling on-screen. This focus on enhancing the cinematic experience at every stage of production is what Jammwal believes will win over viewers.

In conclusion, Vidyut Jammwal’s “Crakk—Jeetegaa Toh Jiyegaa” is set to be a cinematic game-changer, introducing extreme sports action to Bollywood in a big way. It promises to deliver not just cutting-edge stunts and breathtaking athleticism but also an immersive experience that resonates with audiences—both as a visual spectacle and as a testament to what meticulous training and an indomitable spirit can achieve. As this action-packed saga readies for release, fans wait with bated breath to witness the new vistas in cinematic action that Jammwal and his team are poised to unveil.

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