The action hero of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar, quite understands the dedication and determination of a stuntsman. Being one himself, he knows the hard work and risk put into each stunt.
Unfortunately, the commendable contribution of these stuntmen/women is not widely appreciated or felicitated. The actors end up with golden trophies and the movies earn millions. What stays unappreciated is the sacrifice of stuntmen who in many cases lost their lives too.
An international stunt coordinator Scott Cosgrove, with whom Akshay was supposed to work in his next film, passed away. The death has affected Akki deeply, so much so that he penned a heart-warming yet revealing letter to stuntmen and women.
“To all the stuntmen and women out there, I just heard another great international stuntman, who has actually worked in my own industry, and was going to come and train with me has sadly passed away. I not only believe you all should be winning Oscars or Indian awards for your incredible work, in my eyes, you should also be acknowledged globally for saving our lives and the credibility of our films.”
He acknowledged the fact that they are the ones who have left the reigning superstars safe and guarded. In fact, they have got them adulation for the incredible action scenes, not even performed by the actors themselves.
“It pains me, because I know the one expert that an actor/actress can’t live without, during their shoot, is their stuntbuddy. Hadn’t it been for your unbelievable hard work and amazing talent that make our movies look good and help us earn so much, we would be mourning the death of so many actors/actresses.”
Akshay feels it’s unfair not to give these incredible personalities any honor, respect or any due credit whatsoever.
“Instead, the stunt community is quietly mourning the ones they’ve lost, be it by accident, injury or fatality on the sets of award-winning films over the years. I know winning an award still isn’t enough for what you all painfully go through for these million-dollar projects, but it would be a small start. Sadly, the fraternity is barely even honouring you with that.”
He acknowledges their immense contribution while promising to pay more than just a ‘wage’ to save their dying honor and dignity.
“I just want you to know, coming from a stuntman/actor like myself, I admire, respect, honour and am eternally grateful for everything that you all do. My children still have their father in one piece because there is always someone prepared to take the fall that I may not be able to. To all the stuntmen and women I have ever worked alongside, around the world, you are always in my and my family’s prayers. You deserve so much more than just a wage packet, and I hope I live long enough to see a change in that. I know that in my 25-yearlong career nothing much has changed! But it will, and I will try and make sure of that… Till then Thank You and take great care. Good luck with the fight for your rights… RIP to all those who have lost their lives. Love & Prayers AK the Actor/AK the stuntman…”
Akshay posted a picture on his official Facebook page along with a caption writing how his ”children still have their father in one piece because there is always someone prepared to take the fall that I may not be able to take one day”.
Akshay Kumar is one actor in the industry who has spoken for the unacknowledged. He has brought out an extremely ignorant yet an indispensable issue of film industries worldwide. He’s not just a great action hero but he also proves to be an excellent human being, worth getting inspired by.