From ruling our television screens to the silver screen, Salman Khan is one of those rare actors who never fail to disappoint. Be it as the romantic Prem or dorky Bajrangi, he is a treat to watch. But hasn’t it been a while since we have seen him in an action-packed avatar, blazing guns and going all “AAAAAAA”?
But the wait is over, as Salman is back on heavy-duty action in his upcoming film ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, alongside the beautiful Katrina Kaif. Well, since its official announcement, the film has created a massive buzz and we can’t wait to see the duo together on screen after a long time.
However, what makes us even more excited is the fact that the Sultan of Bollywood is getting into the skin of Tiger and shooting some exceptional action sequences.
Let us tell you that the actor has fired 5000 rounds from an MG 42 for a scene in the film. Heavy stuff and he just nailed it.
5000 rounds fired #tigerzindahai @TigerZindaHai @BeingSalmanKhan #KatrinaKaif pic.twitter.com/n8lhljdtVm
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) October 30, 2017
Talking about Salman’s role during a press meet, filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar said, “When you feature a superstar like Salman Khan, who is known to pull his weight for a film’s action, you need to have weaponry that suits his stature and also fit in with the scale of Tiger Zinda Hai.”
But bringing this scene to life wasn’t as easy as it sounds. This machine gun weighs around 25-30 kg and when you add magazine of cartridges it just tends to get heavier, so you can only imagine the pressure on Salman.
Let’s get closer to the action #TigerZindaHai @TigerZindaHai @BeingSalmanKhan #katrinakaif . Dec 22. pic.twitter.com/BBnEfv3XDo
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) October 25, 2017
“This fight sequence is part from a very crucial chapter in the film, and the weapon needed to match the scale and impact of this moment. For this scene, Salman fired around 5000 cartridges, over 3 consecutive days. It actually becomes one of the most iconic shots of the film. Because the gun was being used continuously, we needed to keep two such weapons ready for use. It generates extreme heat and we worked in very hot conditions. We had to flip the gun continuously, and keep both in perfect functioning condition,” he added.
To get this scene the desired look, Zafar took the assistance of action coordinator Tom Struthers who has worked in ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ fame, which makes us even more excited for it.
Behind the scenes @TigerZindaHai , some candid smiles #Austria pic.twitter.com/jiKcS69Ixn
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) October 31, 2017
A sequel to ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ from 2012, the film is set to hit the theatres on 22nd December.