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If Ash can do stunts,why can’t other girls?: Alan Amin

Amin says he succeeded in breaking a Bollywood stereotype about women being unable to perform stunts.

After getting Aishwarya to perform gravity defying acts in thriller ‘Dhoom 2’,ace stuntman Alan Amin is now looking forward to more female contestants in an upcoming TV reality bike stunt show.

With Aishwarya,Amin says he succeeded in breaking through a Bollywood stereotype about women being unable to perform stunts.

“I am now looking for adventure-loving girls and boys,who are ready to take on the challenge of performing dangerous stunts under my guidance. If Aishwariya Rai can perform bike stunts in Dhoom 2,why can’t other girls do it too?” Amin asks.

Amin is a judge on the “Pulsar MTV Stunt Mania,” in which 10 participants will put up a show of adrenalin-pumping stunts to beat each other to achieve the title of Stunt God as well as act in a commercial with the sponsor bike company.

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In his almost 25-year-old career,Amin has worked in a number of Bollywood films,including “Satya,” “Company” “Dus,” “Dhoom,” and its sequel “Dhoom 2.” The stunt director now wants to pass on through the show his experience to younger people who are equally eager to learn about motorcycling stunts.

Currently Amin is working with actors Vivek Oberoi in “Prince”,an action thriller and Emraan Hashmi in “Luck”.

“Haven’t you seen Hrithik perform some incredible stunts in Dhoom 2? Don’t you think he has done them superbly,” says Amin,who has also directed Amitabh Bachchan in “Aks” and Shahrukh Khan in “Dil Se.” When asked,Amin declines to pick a favourite actor.

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“I have made people like Amitabh Bachchan,Shah Rukh Khan,Hrithik Roshan execute their own stunts,all of them have been very good at their work.”

The Mumbai-based stunt guru who has also worked in a couple of Hollywood projects says that Bollywood is no less than Hollywood.

“Hollywood has a bigger budget and they rehearse more number of times. They also hire specialists to perform the stunts,like in the James Bond movies,” says Amin.

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Apart than that,he finds stunts performed by Indians do match up to the international standards.

Amin also does not subscribe to the popular belief that stunts men do not get their due and actors take away all the credit for the thrilling stunts shown in the films. “If a person wanted name and fame they would star as a hero in the films,not as a stuntman. Stuntmen do their job and get paid,thats it,” says Amin.

First published on: 26-05-2009 at 01:18:00 pm
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