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    The female performers are less robust: Ram Gopal Varma

    By Subhash K Jha

    We all know Ram Gopal Varma is making a film Agyaat about a supernatural creature attacking a film unit shooting in the thick jungles.

    But what happened on location in the jungles of Kerala for the climactic final schedule of Agyaat was as bizarre if not more, than anything that happens in the script.

    “It was really weird, ” says Ramu who had to return to Mumbai midway with his 150-member cast and crew. “First Priyanka (Nisha Kothari)’s dupe (double) fractured her leg while showing Priyanka how to make a jump from one rock to another.

    Then when Priyanka attempted the stunt she tore ligaments in her leg.”

    The climactic schedule has been cancelled and the entire unit returned to Mumbai.

    Says Ramu, “We can only go back to Kerala at the end of April after Priyanka’s leg heals and I finish my schedule of Rann in Mumbai which is already 30 percent complete.

    Luckily we don’t have to return to Sri Lanka. We needed a large waterfall for the climax. That we found in Kerala.”

    But what a fall it has been from the waterfall ! Especially for the poor ‘dupe’ Anu who has landed up with a fractured leg that would keep her off her feet for a couple of months bringing her earnings to a temporary halt.

    Says a source, “Every stunt performer is unprotected in the industry. But for a woman it’s worse. The female stunt performers are intrinsically less robust and more prone to injury. While Priyanka Kothari’s torn ligament gets talked about, poor Anu’s fractured leg is brushed under the blanket.”

    Agyaat is supposed to release in June.

    Stunt director Eijaaz Khan who had earlier orchestrated the fights for Apoorva Lakhia’s Shootout At Lokhandwala excels in realistic action sequences thar focus on jumps from buildings and rocks rather than heroic somersaults. Hence the fall by the waterfall.

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