Here’s how Freddy Daruwala had a near-to-death experience while shooting for his latest project!
reddy Daruwala falls from 35 feet into freezing cold water from the bridge & here’s what happened
Freddy Daruwala, majorly known for his action packed roles and performances, had a near-to-death
experience while performing a stunt on one of his latest projects in Kashmir!
In one of his most current web series ‘Crackdown S2’, there was a stunt Freddy had to perform on a
bridge. The actor had to do a pull up under a bridge while a drone shot was to capture it all.
The director Apoorva Lakhia had planned it for a studio shoot, understanding the risk but Freddy
insisted he do it in real time and on live locations! It was the peak of winter with minus temperature
in Kashmir. The water was freezing cold when the actor started performing the stunt bare chested!
Freddy finished what he had to do but unfortunately by then his hands were frozen and a slight
delay in lifting him up, resulted in the actor falling from 35 feet in the freezing cold water. No doubt,
he sustained injuries on his back, legs and shoulders. The entire set was in shock but when Freddy
came walking out of the water unhurt, much to the surprise of the crew. The director immediately
called off the shoot and was concerned over his situation but Freddy resumed the shoot the very
next day being a professional actor.
Recalling the incident, Freddy reveals, “I should have been more careful. I remember the director
(Apoorva Lakhia) informing me about us having all the possibilities and safety harness to execute the
scene. But I insisted on doing it on my own but the end result didn’t turn out to be the way it should
have been and as per my and Apoorva sir’s expectations. It was more risky because it wasn’t the last
day of the shoot and if I was hurt, the shoot would have stalled. But luckily nothing of that sort
happened and I continued shooting.”
“Next day, I faced a lot of difficulties with severe back injuries. A few things I learnt from the incident
is that I am an actor and not a stunt man but sometimes an actor gets carried away in the name of
realism and to give audiences a realistic experience. But sometimes we forget that there are a lot of
people associated with us and working with us for a project which can go haywire if any unfortunate
incident happens on the set. Going ahead, I will ensure that I will play it safe so that I don’t hurt
myself and secondly it doesn’t hamper the shoot schedule,” adds Freddy.