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Rohit Shetty’s emotional gurudakshina to Veeru Devgan 


Rohit ShettyZee Cine Awards 2016. (Sherwin Crasto/SOLARIS IMAGES)

The performance that stood out from the clutter of routine celeb led performances at award functions and had the audiences glued to their seats was the action-packed tribute to the stuntmen of the industry, choreographed by Bollywood’s most popular filmmaker Rohit Shetty. It’s a first on any awards show that stuntmen have received their due with a live daredevil-stunt performance at Zee Cine Awards 2016. The dashing and daring Vidyut Jamwal went all out risking his life along with a number of stuntmen to deliver a high octane action sequence that was breathtaking and truly praise worthy.

Not many people are aware of the fact that Rohit Shetty’s father was the popular actor and fight director, Madhu B Shetty, also popularly known as ‘Fighter Shetty. At the ZCA 2016, Rohit became was very emotional while announcing the Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema Award to the veteran action director Veeru Devgan and called it his humble Gurudakshina. Veeru’s direction of remarkable action scenes over the years has inspired a generation of directors including Rohit Shetty. The latter chose the Zee Cine Award stage to offer his Gurudakshina to the father of his close friend, Ajay Devgn. Veeru Devgan is one of Hindi Cinema’s most renowned stunt and action choreographer who has been working in the film industry since the 1970s choreographing the fight and action scenes for over 80 films.

 Over the last two months, Rohit Shetty has ensured that rigorous practice and training sessions were carried out with Vidyut Jamwal and other stuntmen prior to the act performed live at Zee Cine Awards 2016. The sheer magnitude of the live act required a lot of precision and preparation since the sequence in the act involved toppling and burning of cars, hi-speed chase on motorbikes, sommersault over cars and break into car windshields that could have put Vidyut and the stuntmen in danger. The act was very risky but Rohit Shetty and team took several safety precautions and executed India’s first ever fast paced LIVE ACTION performance on the stage of Zee Cine Awards 2016.

 Senior Devgan was accompanied by his daughter-in-law, actress Kajol who on his behalf and said, “I have made both my kids realize about the magnanimity of the honour bestowed on my father-in-law. It takes a lot of hard work and talent to achieve this. Not everyone is as blessed.” It was also a special moment when an audio visual was played with a recorded message from Ajay Devgn, currently shooting for SHIVAAY in Bulgaria. Proud of his father’s achievements, Ajay spoke from his heart and said, “My father is not only an action director in movies but also a fighter in real life… Whatever I am today it is because of him. I exist because of him!”