A 360 degree entertainer par excellence, Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan (aka Saint Dr MSG) has proved his versatility countless times. With his next film, MSG The Warrior Lion Heart gearing up for release, the grapevine states that his fans are sure to be left stunned with Saint Dr. MSG doing several death defying stunts himself without a body double.
In fact, there is one particular sequence in the film wherein Saint Dr MSG had to stand underneath a heavy brown dhol that was 21 feet height and breadth 30 feet weighing two tons and bang it back on the ground. Though this stund involved numerous variables that could go wrong being the mane he is Saint Dr. MSG took on the challenge head on without a body double. While filming the same though cables hoisted the dhol, for a proper take, the load swung dangerously close to his head as cables slipped. Saint Dr. MSG went ahead to give a one take shot as the huge dhol smashed perilously behind him, sending shards flying and raising a cloud of dust. Despite this, Saint Dr MSG did not bother when the cables slithered, he coolly faced the situation, while the crew, the dancers and the hundreds of onlookers on sets were extremely scared and created a ruckus which Saint Dr MSG controlled.
Having his doting daughters on the sets, with one of them directing, it was poignant scene. The crew requested Saint Dr MSG to use a body double but his only reply was, “How would I have dealt with it had something happened to the stunt man. Besides, playing 30 sports and having performed aerial Yoga hung on a frame with my arms (without any safety harness) makes me very comfortable.”
Interestingly this isn’t the only stunt, on another day, he was to be hoisted and swivelled on a 1.5 ton bike and he tricked the director, his daughter Honeypreet into believing that they were breaking for tea. As his daughters were coolly sipping tea, planning the stunt with a stunt man in mind; Dr MSG readied the shot and finished it, catching everyone by surprise. The DOP Santosh Thudiyil who has worked on films like Krrish etc says that, “Anyone else would have played safe and not gone on in for the risky and high cable stuff which Saint Dr. MSG did with aplomb.”
A third time, a charge of explosive material was being loaded up an inexperienced technician, whom no one really knew. On an intuition, Honeypreet called out to her dad, Dr.MSG to withdraw from the explosion which was expected to be quite harmless. But when the big bang happened and massive cinders went flying, it was realized that the technician had used several times more explosive powder than what was required.
For Saint Dr.MSG, it was a providential escape, for his daughter, it is a grateful memory of how God looks after her father. That she is a Saint Dr. MSG’s daughter is her greatest good fortune, she says, and she feels God is always close by.
Directed by Baap Beti ki Jodi, Saint Dr MSG and Honeypreet, the film MSG The Warrior Lion Heart is slated for a October 7, 2016 release.