Mumbai: Bhagyashree’s son Abhimanyu Dassani is all set to make his Bollywood debut with Vasan Bala’s Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. The film is clashing with a big-ticket flick at the box office, Akshay Kumar starrer Kesari as both are releasing on March 21. With both movies getting a long festive weekend due to Holi, the makers are optimistic about good business. But lead actor Abhimanyu Dassani has something else on his mind.

While he urges the audience to come to the theatres and watch his movie too along with Kesari, he also plans to request Khiladi Kumar to watch it! Talking to MyNation in an exclusive chat, Abhimanyu said, “I am a fan of Akshay sir. The trailer of his film looks amazing. I know it’s going to do wonders at the box office. I would just urge people to come and watch our film as well. Ours is a very different film. It has a lot of entertainment. It’s very funny. I am going to try and get Akshay sir to see the film.” He added, “I grew up watching the Khiladi series. He is one actor who started doing stunts on his own. So, I think he would appreciate watching this film more than anything else.”

While discussing stunts, Abhimanyu revealed that he has performed all his stunts in the movie by himself. But performing stunts used to be difficult on days when his mother, Bhagyashree would visit the sets, because the fact that her son was doing all the stunts by himself, was kept a secret from the actor.  

Recalling the shoot days, the debutant said, “I would get stressed every time mom came on the set. I used to get tensed because she did not know I was doing all my stunts. During the filming, I have broken one finger, dislocated a shoulder, had a scar on my neck and cut my leg with switchblades. Mom had no idea that I am doing all this action by myself. I even jumped off a building’s fourth floor without wires. But that much effort you have to put if you want to be that good.”

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Recalling a particular incident, he shared, “Once during the shoot, I had a cut in my leg so deep that you could actually see my shin. I did two more takes with that wound to get the shot right. It was hurting but I was scared to react because mom would get worried. I didn’t realise that blood had started trickling down my shoe. Mom noticed it and started panicking, saying what is wrong with you, how can you do this?”

Even though the star kid is making his acting debut with the Vasan Bala directorial, he has been a part of the industry for quite some time and spent his time learning the art of filmmaking. Abhimanyu said, “I have been in the industry for a very long time. I’ve been an assistant director. I have worked on many sets like Dum Maaro Dum and Nautanki Saala. I also did a documentary for a year and a half for Ramesh Sippy Entertainment.”

Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, which bagged the People's Choice Midnight Madness Award at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and premiered at MAMI last year, stars Radhika Madan as the female lead. The film hits theatres on March 21.