FLIPPING CARS WITH BLAZING STARS
Exhibit|March 2021
In conversation with ROHIT SHETTY
Ramesh Somani
From being a filmy young boy who started his journey at age 16 to being known as “Ye voi jo gaadia udata hai”, Rohit Shetty’s journey as one of Bollywood’s most successful directors has been nothing short of magical. In a candid interview with Exhibit Magazine, Rohit unveils his lesser-known side, as well as a first-hand insight into the world behind his lens.

YOU LOVE POWERFUL MACHINES THAT TEAR UP THE ROAD, AND YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE JUST LIKE THE JEEP. HOW HAS BEEN YOUR JOURNEY?

My journey has been, I would say, adventurous. It was quite a filmy like a boy who starts his journey at 16 and has seen a lot in life. Dad is one of the finest action directors of his time, and I wanted to be like him, so I started doing car stunts at the age of 18. All I ever wanted to be was an action director, so I started with it, and I got to work with Ajay’s father, a renowned action director. I learnt a lot from him, and then I was working as an assistant director. Gradually, it started with being an action director and then every other thing happened with the flow. Before working as an AD, Ajay, with whom I was working started his production. Then came a turn in my life where he said now you direct a film now and that how everything happened. That’s why you see in all my movies that cars blow up and action scenes because the action director is still there inside me.

YOU’VE HAD A LONG HISTORY WITH CARS. YOU’VE DRIVEN THEM, BLOWN THEM APART, SEND THEM HUNDREDS OF FEET IN THE AIR. WHICH MOMENT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ONE AMONG THEM?

I have done more than 100 stunts with a car. We have blown up more than 200 vehicles. To be honest, I have even lost count of it. I also do a show called Fear Factor and because of that, what has happened to me is I love action. I have met the action teams worldwide, like how food lovers meet other food lovers who have the same taste of food or fashion, but when I was doing Fear Factor, I met a lot of action teams. At that point, I created my group, which is also from around the world.

If there is some specific stunt I want to do or want some stunt guy to do it, I call them from Cape Town, Bulgaria, and multiple places like those and work together. In my latest movie Suryavanshi, I have a bike stunt in which the stunt guy is from Bulgaria. The other for the car stunt is from Cape Town so that’s how these come together and shoot for me. We had a CGI shot with drifting, so they did it.

Coming back to your question, the Guinness book of the world record for a topple is for Casino Royale. You will not believe the Bulgarian driver name Kaleem. He was shooting and did a 7 round, but the record is for eight topples, so if we had two more, we would have broken the world record for it.

DO YOU LOVE ADVENTURE AND SPORTS? DRIVING ON RUGGED TERRAINS? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN ITCHING TO DO NEXT?

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