Dhruv Sarja and Radhika Pandit-starrer Bahaddur has been in the news since 2012, when the film was announced. Shooting of Bahaddur, which was well underway, came to a grinding halt when its producer Legend International backed out.
Not losing heart, the film’s team rescheduled the shooting after R S Productions took over the reins and a large portion of the film has been completed with only three songs now remaining.
The long wait has been frustrating for Dhruv Sarja who admits that he had to fight back the irritation and in the process has learnt to be patient. “I couldn’t opt out of from Bahaddur as it was my second film. Even Addhuri went through many hurdles before it went on to become a big hit. I was mentally fixed on completing this film. During the low phase, I realised that life is all about challenges. I am glad that the crew managed to complete the dubbing, and we are now left with a few songs to do,” says Dhruv.
Chethan Kumar who is making his directorial debut with the film is now relaxed. “Direction has become a challenging job with fresh audiences sprouting up every year. Talking about a story being different has become very cliched. I want viewers to analyse the difference (in Bahaddur) after they watch the film,” he says.
The director credits the support of Dhruv and Radhika in completing the film. “Also, thanks to Srinivas who took over a stalled project, midway. Interestingly, the team’s energy had not dropped. We are now looking for a May release,” says Chethan.
Bahaddur, according to the director is a product of passion, the highlight being the stunts which alone cost `90 lakhs.
To keep up his tag of ‘Action Prince’, Dhruv risked doing the action stunts himself and didn’t use a body double. “I was told that I tempted death at least thrice while doing the stunts. I don’t mind such risks because it’s what the audience knows me for. I was adamant not to have any rope or belt support during the action sequences, and in the end, I am satisfied. Even Ravi Verma, who has done one of the fight sequence, was quite happy with the outcome,” says Dhruv.