Swimming with sharks in 'Blue' was tough: Zayed Khan

For Bollywood actor Zayed Khan, who is trained in scuba diving, shooting underwater scenes for his forthcoming venture 'Blue' was no big deal.

Monday, December 15, 2008   |  Copyright: IANS  |  Comments 16 Comments  |  4096 Views

For Bollywood actor Zayed Khan, who is trained in scuba diving, shooting underwater scenes for his forthcoming venture 'Blue' was no big deal. But he faced a real challenge when he had to swim around sharks in the thriller.

'Just the idea of swimming around with these unpredictable beasts (sharks) was difficult. We always had our trainers and divers around,' Zayed told IANS.

'Blue', a big budget underwater action adventure shot extensively in the Bahamas and Thailand, is Anthony D'Souza's directorial debut. Being made at a whopping Rs.1.29 billion budget, the film also stars Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta and Katrina Kaif.

<a href=Zayed Khan, Blue" src="/bollywood/images/uploads/zayed_blue_1.jpg" align="right" border="" vspace="5" hspace="5">'Blue' is said to be the first Indian film to have been extensively shot underwater with a screen time of 20-25 minutes and with real sharks, almost 40 in number.

For Zayed, shooting these action sequences was a real adventure.

'When you train as a student, you go till a maximum of 35-40 feet. But when we trained for the film, we had to dive down to 85-90 feet deep enough to get actual shots of weed and sunken ships. It was scary,' Zayed said.

But the director used adequate safety measures while filming the risky shots, says Zayed.

'We were always surrounded with safety divers and all of them used to be at a distance of not more than 10 metres while the shot was being taken. There were 20 other divers around doing something or the other, so we were secured.

'Trainers instructed us not to keep long hair and not to colour them blonde as sharks get attracted to white. Then they told us that we shouldn't have any cuts on our body and if at all we had any, we should bandage it well. So when we went down, it was always with a lot of baggage in our head,' Zayed said.

For Zayed, the real heroes were the stuntmen, who accompanied the actors under water and ensured that the shooting goes on smoothly.

'The stuntmen made it look so easy. They have a way of dealing with fear. There were times when they first made me touch the sharks and slowly got me to do the fight sequences. But it was all done very carefully,' he said.

Zayed also recollected how stuntmen used to sometimes ask him about his favourite song and he used to hear them through an apparatus fixed in his ear under the water.

'Once I told them I wanted to listen to Eminem songs. In seconds, I could hear it and I believe all the stuntmen and divers could hear it on their apparatus too because they started dancing. It was such a surreal scene. I thought I was walking on the moon,' he said.

Produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd, 'Blue' is scheduled for release next year May 29.


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  • Posted on: 16 December 2008 at 7:43pmPayal25

    WOW.
    I cant wait to watch this movie!

  • Posted on: 16 December 2008 at 10:55amradhika_21

    this film sounds amazing!
    thanx!

  • Posted on: 16 December 2008 at 9:30ammona18

    Ah! Zayed is such a sporty guy! I am glad I have met him and hugged him as well last year! Sigh the memories! Lol!

  • Posted on: 16 December 2008 at 5:57amsurveen_kapoor

    wooooww... zayed u r my darlinmg :* all the very best i hope it do hit.. and just OMG! great jobbb awesommmmeeeee!!!! cant wait!!!! love u zayed :-D

  • Posted on: 16 December 2008 at 5:07am* Unnati *

    OMG!!!!!!!!..Thats gonna be amazing!!..hope it releases soon!

  • Posted on: 16 December 2008 at 1:40amCalifornia.Luv

    finally some news about BLUE!!

    juss can not wait Zayed is cool

    but i am watchin it for Akshay!!!!!

  • Posted on: 15 December 2008 at 5:09pmburgerchaap

    Props to you Zayed !
    You rock =]

  • Posted on: 15 December 2008 at 3:53pmiiHEARTyu-x0

    :O OMG
    ARE YU SERIOUS
    WOW
    GRREEEATTT JOB ZAYED! :O

  • Posted on: 15 December 2008 at 11:21amprettyasjen

    WOW... this movie is gonna be interesting!
    Have to watch this movie!

  • Posted on: 15 December 2008 at 8:13amLavarnia

    omg i am so exidet to watch this movie.
    zayed is so handsome and soo cute i luv him.

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