Salman fires 5,000 cartridges from MG-42 machine gun for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’


Salman Khan is busy preparing for his next grand release, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai.’ An action thriller which is set to entertain fans this Christmas. Details have now been released about the star’s heavy-duty action sequences in the film, in which he also stars opposite Katrina Kaif.

Khan, who reprises his role as Tiger, is seen wielding an MG-42, a massive machine gun, in one of the promotional photos. Khan’s character fires the gun in an action sequence that forms a crucial part of the film’s plot, reports the Hindustan Times. Shooting the weapon, though, is not an easy task. The MG-42 weighs over 25kg and has a magazine of cartridges attached to it, which makes the gun heavier.

Director Ali Abbas Zafar explained in a press statement, “When you feature a superstar like Salman Khan, who is known to pull his weight for a film’s action, you need to have weaponry that suits his stature and also fit in with the scale of Tiger Zinda Hai.”

”This fight sequence is part of a very crucial chapter in the film, and the weapon needed to match the scale and impact of this moment. For this scene, Salman fired around 5000 cartridges, over 3 consecutive days. It actually becomes one of the most iconic shots of the film. Because the gun was being used continuously, we needed to keep two such weapons ready for use. It generates extreme heat and we worked in very hot conditions. We had to flip the gun continuously, and keep both in perfect functioning condition,” he added.

Tiger Zinda Hai, a sequel to the 2012 film directed by Kabir Khan, will see Khan and Kaif reprise their roles as spies Tiger and Zoya. The film has been shot in Abu Dhabi, Tyrol and Austria. The pair has recently shot for a special song for the film in Greece.

After ‘Tiger Zinda Hai,’ Khan and Zafar will collaborate again on ‘Bharat,’ an adaptation of 2014 South Korean film ‘Ode To My Father.’ The movie will be produced by Khan’s brother-in-law, Atul Agnihotri and shot in Abu Dhabi, Spain and India. Production is due to begin in April next year.

‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is due for release on 22nd December.

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