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'Everyone knew how to ride a horse or fight with swords'

The rehearsals

We rehearsed everything before we started shooting for the film. Training for horse riding started a month and a half in advance at the Mahalaxmi race course, in Mumbai. We trained all the actors, including Hrithik and Aishwarya.

After that, we started sword fighting training in Mehboob studios, in Mumbai's suburban Bandra. We rehearsed with my fighters; then choreographed the fight sequence and shot it on camera, edited it and locked it. That gave us an idea how each scene would look and how we would handle it.

We went on the sets fully prepared, so it was quite easy. There was no training on the location. Everyone knew how to ride a horse or fight with swords by then.

I took 250 stuntmen to Karjat and Rajashthan. Plus, we had 5,000 villagers. The battle sequences were quite big, and it took a lot of time. We would start preparing for the scene at 3am every morning, and would be ready for the first shot only by 7am.

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