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Teaching Hrithik & Ash how to fight

Ashutosh Gowarikar was not the only one in the Jodhaa Akbar team, who had a huge responsibility ahead of him.

Stunt director Ravi Dewan had to make sure that the war sequences in the historical looked larger than life, and of course, real. And that's a tough job if you have to make an elephant follow your steps.

He tells us how the war sequences came alive on screen.

How he bagged Jodhaa Akbar

I had worked in Ashutosh Gowarikar's first film Pehla Nasha. We have been friends for a long time. Whenever we meet, we exchange ideas. One day, he offered me Jodhaa Akbar and I could not refuse.

Doing a period film was not difficult for me. I had done period projects before -- the television serial, The Sword Of Tipu Sultan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's film, 1942- A Love Story. I am quite inspired by history.

Besides, Ashutosh had done a lot of research for this film, and the art director Nitin Desai is one of the best in India. So there was very little for me to do.

I was part of Nitin's team when they were making the preparations of arms and ammunition, and armour. I had to make dummy swords so that people would not get hurt.

I also had to make the cannon fire. Nitin made a cannon out of fibre and I inserted iron on the inner side, so that it would fire and not get damaged.

Initially, the sword was made of wood and fibre. But Hrithik and Aishwarya found it difficult to maneuver it. So I made light fibre swords that were easier to maneuver. So it was the actors' job to show that extra effort while maneuvering the sword.

Text: Patcy N

Also read: The inspiration behind Jodhaa Akbar

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