One of the unknown challenges of doing a period action film is that actors are required to drive vehicles that they are completely unfamiliar with. During the filming of Baadshaho, director Milan Luthria realized that the vehicles that he had so carefully and personally procured from places as far away as Delhi, proved to be very difficult for actors to drive and control, especially at high speeds and on tight turns. These vehicles were specially modified for the film like the armored truck carrying the gold.
The film sees Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Vidyut Jammwal, Esha Gupta and Sanjay Mishra driving old Willys, jeeps, Enfield bullet motorcycles, the armoured truck, pick-up trucks that were used in Rajasthan back then and Ambassadors.
Some of these were a real challenge and in fact had the crew in splits when they would not behave like the sophisticated cars that the actors are used to driving today. But to the credit of all the performers, they managed to hone their skills as quickly as possible. Ajay, who has driven some of these vehicles in films like Kacche Dhaage before, had some very handy tips for them.
The German action crew that was flown down to do the car sequences also spent weeks modifying engines, clutches, brakes, handbrakes and transmissions to make sure that the vehicles would run at the speeds and the manner that they desired for the action shots. “The array of jeeps and trucks and bikes in the film adds a lot of character to the heist drama” feels director Milan Luthria. “It’s after a long time that one will see such rugged vehicles on screen. They add to the machismo of the film.”
Baadshaho, directed by Milan Luthria, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Milan Luthria is slated to release on September 1. The film also stars Ileana D’Cruz in a prominent role.