As an actor, I’ve always loved to perform my own stunts. I want to give it my best shot because I put myself in the audience’s shoes and see what they would feel. This obsession for perfection almost got me killed many times but I’d be sharing two incidents from my movie Ranatantra. We had to film a scene where the villain would hold a knife against my neck hanging down from a tree. I never denied the idea of using a real knife to make the scene look more realistic. One small movement and my throat would have been slit. Thank God! We somehow managed to shoot the scene without any injuries and it came out really well.
Another major incident that proved fatal: We were shooting during the midnight in a freezing swimming pool. Giving you a little background about my swimming abilities – I’m not a great swimmer by any means. I can maybe survive in a small pond or a pool, but throw me in a sea or a river and I am gone forever 😂😂 I can perform a backstroke and float in the water. Before the camera rolled, I had the direction team check the depth of the pool, to make sure I told my mom I was coming back home HAHA. I dove into the pool like a pro and was doing a backstroke. I kept going back and my right hand hit the back wall. I wanted to land on my feet but alas, I drowned completely. The water was deeper than what I was told it was. Even a great swimmer would panic in a situation like this. I was struggling for breath, while my team was out there probably thinking I was playing! I realized that I had to save myself. I submerged myself in the water. I gathered all my strength and kicked the floor with my foot so that the pressure would push my body to the top. I managed to push myself to the edge of the pool. My arms were hurt badly! One of the lightmen noticed something was wrong. He held my arm and pulled me out of the water. I’d like to thank him for saving my life but I do not remember his name. If you’re reading this brother, I owe my life to you! 🤗
Actors spare no effort to make a scene look as believable as possible. While we do take adequate precautions, incidents like these are unavoidable sometimes. In circumstances like these, presence of mind is very important and the only thing that can save you is your will power. So, be brave and let nothing defeat you! 🤗
Image Source : Ranatantra Movie