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    Default No Laughing Matter: Arshad Turns Daredevil For 'G3'

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    Arshad's famed for his comic timing, though few are aware all know Arshad Warsi is known for his comic timing but little did we know that Arshad is a true daredevil! He has a passion for bikes and was ready to let loose when director Rohit Shetty asked Arshad to do a bike stunt for his introductory shot in Golmaal 3.

    A source from the unit said: "Arshad loves bikes, so when director Rohit Shetty asked him if he would do the dangerous bike stunt himself or take a stuntman, Arshad was so excited that he immediately said yes. It was for the introductory shot where people come to know who Arshad's character is. The stunt was shot in Mumbai."

    However, Arshad was in for a big surprise when he realised that he would not be riding the bike as much as he would be dragging behind it.

    "This would be dangerous since this was on the lines of road skating without roller blades. As if this was not enough, he also had to do a back somersault from the moving bike onto the ground. He was apprehensive and we all had our hearts in our mouths though all safety precautions had been taken," adds the source.

    Shetty, who also is the action director and devises the stunts himself, said, "Golmaal 3 has plenty of high octane dangerous stunts apart from the usual comedy and Arshad's bike stunt is one of them. I explained the stunt to Arshad and told him it was risky, but he was keen to do it himself. We usually rehearse the stunt a day before with my stunt assistants. For this stunt, the rehearsal went off smoothly but on the final day when we shot for it the special shoes with rubber soles, which we had made for Ashad, got torn and he almost slipped and fell a few times."

    Fortunately, Arshad was not majorly hurt except for a few bruises, in spite of a few falls and being dragged behind the bike.

    "Arshad had to hold the bike and follow it from behind and almost slipped a few times. When I describe the stunt scenes to my actors before shooting them, I also show it to them. If they are confident about it I go ahead and make them do it with safety measures. We have also had stunts with Kareena and Ajay too. Though Arshad's shot went off smoothly, it was time consuming as his soles kept getting torn and we had to replace them. We shot the scene in a day," Shetty said.

    When quizzed Arshad on the same he quips, "I like to go the Tom Cruise way. I prefer to do my own stunts."



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