From fighting tigers to chasing the bad guys and saving the damsel in distress, they can do it all—or that is what we choose to believe. However, did you know that most action sequences are performed by stunt doubles who are made to look like the main character? (apologies in case we burst your bubble!) While we've been lauding our favourite actors all this while, it's the behind the scene's performers who deserve applause for their death-defying stunts in movies.
Most of these professional performers choose to lead a life away from the paparazzi, with the actors inevitably taking credit for their skill. So we thought, why not put a face to a few of these unknown entertainers? Cosmo introduces you to some of the famous stunt doubles who have been captured alongside their famous counterparts. Take a look!
Aamir Khan's Stunt Double in Dhoom 3 (2013)
Dhoom 3 certainly had some mind-boggling action scenes—and guess who performed them?
Shah Rukh Khan's Stunt Double in Fan (2016)
While Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of his own fan in the movie, a stunt double was hired for the challenging action sequences as well.
Hritik Roshan's Stunt Double in Bang Bang (2014)
Another action-packed film, catch a glimpse of fitness enthusiast Hritik Roshan's stunt double.
Salman Khan's Stunt Double in Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)
While Salman Khan looks a bit more well-built, we can safely say ditto?
Akshay Kumar's Stunt Double in Chandni Chowk to China (2009)
While it is believed that the 'Khiladi' of Bollywood performs most of his own stunts, there's no harm in having a stunt double on set.
Dimple Kapadia's Stunt Double in Zakhmi Aurat (1988)
Reshma—the industry's favourite yesteryear female stunt double who pulled off risky stunts for leading ladies in Bollywood—has been putting her life on the line for over three decades!
Hema Malini's Stunt Double in Sholay (1975)
Sholay happens to be the most iconic film where Reshma has played a stunt double for veteran actor Hema Malini.
Taapsee Pannu's Stunt Double in Naam Shabana (2017)
Sanober Pardiwalla has performed outstanding stunts for top actors including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Priyanka Chopra, and Katrina Kaif.
Hritik Roshan's Stunt Double in Agneepath (2012)
Mansoor Ali Khan has reportedly performed stunts for Hritik Roshan in a bunch of movies including Agneepath, Bang Bang, Krrish, and Mohenjo Daro.
Salman Khan's Stunt Double in Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
Stuntman Jawed El Berni has performed dangerous stunts for Bollywood actors such as Salman Khan (Ek Tha Tiger) and Akshay Kumar (Housefull 2).