Guess who trained Shahid Kapoor in gun shooting for ‘Rangoon’?
From what ‘Rangoon’ looks like, Vishal Bhardwaj is likely to come back with his poetic storytelling once more. Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Kanagana Ranaut not only look beautiful in their respective characters, but also bring life to their distinct traits.
Meanwhile, known as an out-and-out method actor, Shahid Kapoor prepped hard to play his role and a part of it was learning to shoot the gun.
For the same, the makers brought a coach aboard to train Shahid. Ronak Pandit, gold winner in the Men’s 25 meter Standard Pistol category at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, was hired and they trained at Pandit’s Malad and Worli centres. Clearly impressed by his student’s performance, Pandit believes shooting is in his ‘blood’!
“We did a lot of exercises to help him understand the technique of using the trigger. We followed the same training process that we do for the Olympics. We shot at different calibers and ranges and did precision shooting to get the angles right. He had a few long distance shots in the film and we wanted him to look convincing. On the last day, we went to the Worli range to shoot the firearm with real bullets,” Pandit told a leading daily.
“Shahid is a really talented man and by day two, he seemed effortless. He picked up the tricks faster than I anticipated and his fitness made the process easier. He is down to earth, almost like a college buddy. Also, given that he is punctual, working with him becomes easier,” he added.
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