FEW THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RACE 3
- Race 3 will star a different Khan
It was a different Khan — Saif Ali Khan — that projected Race into a exciting thriller series to watch out for in Bollywood. After making the two Race movies, Saif Ali Khan is no longer seen in the new part of the series.
- The Race series is a ostentatious portrait of wealth, glamour, greed and narcissism
Anyone familiar with the Race series will guarantee for the fact that the franchise is always teeming with wealthy men and designer-clad women who have a fondness for betrayal and deception. For those in the Race universe, no relationship is sacrosanct and most of their actions are dictated by greed and the hunt for power.
- Race 3 was filmed expansively in Abu Dhabi
Just six months after finishing the shooting of Tiger Zinda Hai,Salman Khan was back in Abu Dhabi this March to film the stunt sequences of Race 3 for more than 35 days. They shot at locations including the Emirates Palace Hotel, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Adnec, Emirates Steel, St Regis Abu Dhabi and the Liwa Desert. Khan expressed his happiness about filming in the UAE. “It is wonderful to be back in Abu Dhabi, which is such an incredible filming location. Last year, we spent much of our 70-day shoot for Tiger Zinda Hai on the city’s incredible backlot, so it will be exciting to explore more of the Emirate with Race 3 as we shoot across six locations,” said Khan in a statement.
- Bobby Deol and Saqib Saleem join the Race 3 family
The first chapter saw the characters played by Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna as two quarrelling brothers from a rich dynasty indulging in one-upmanship, the second part saw Deepika Padukone and John Abraham as one of its main players. The third chapter also boasts a star-studded collection with a different set of actors. Deol and Saleem are the new players.
- Jacqueline Fernandez, who performed her own stunts in Race 3, suffered an eye injury
Jacqueline Fernandez suffered a permanent eye injury while shooting a stunt scene for Race 3.
“So it’s a permanent injury and my iris will never be a perfect round again but so, so grateful I can see,” she said.
- One liners, even if slightly cheesy, make Race stand apart
Even as the characters from Race are deceiving and betraying people without a bit of regret, it’s the cheesy one-liners that are worth watching. The latest one goes: “You don’t need enemies, when you have a family”. Slow clap.
- Nothing sells better than Salman Khan
According to the latest reports, Race 3 has secured a Rs1.3 billion (Dh70 million) satellite rights deal with a major television network, toppling the figure that Aamir Khan secured for his film Dangal. flaunted as the highest television deal for a Bollywood film, Race 3 beat Dangal, which was reportedly sold for Rs1.1 billion for its satellite rights. With this development, Race 3 has reportedly recovered its filming costs.
- Salman Khan was in the midst of a personal crisis during Race 3 filming
The actor had to return unexpectedly from Abu Dhabi while filmingRace 3 in April and appear in front of the court in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, to face a trial where he was accused of poaching and killing two rare antelopes. The case stretches back to 1998, when Khan allegedly went hunting with several other actors outside a forest reserve near Jodhpur while shooting the film Hum Saath Saath Hain.
THE RETURN OF BOBBY DEOL
While Salman Khan is likely to be the star of Race 3, this film spells the return of Bobby Deol who has been going through a rough patch in his career..
Here is his take on his latest thriller and why Salman Khan turned out to be “an angel” in his life…
Three adjectives to describe Race 3: Vroom, vroom, vroom…
All about Race 3: “It’s a cool film and my fans have been waiting to see me in such a glamorous and stylised film. I play Yash, who’s suave and slick. I can’t describe my character as I may reveal its plot. It’s a whodunit which makes you wonder who did it all or who did not?”
His experience of filming in Abu Dhabi: “I loved the local food. This time, I got to explore Liwa Desert. It was hot while filming, but it was great to see the dunes.”
On working with action choreographer Tom Struthers: “He’s very prepared and takes care of the safety. He’s also organised, although the action was huge it was all done effortlessly. Plus, it’s always fun to be a part of action sequences where you see cars being blown up.”
His favourite dialogue from Race 3: “Humare business main jitney dushman kam ho, utna business badta hai.” [The fewer enemies you have in business, the more your empire grows.]
His diet and exercise for playing Yash: “I put in a lot of hard work. I worked out for an hour and then did cardio for 45 minutes every day. I controlled my food and went on a high-protein, low-carb diet. Everyone in this film is into fitness and in Abu Dhabi, we all just met in the gym besides the film sets. So we worked out a lot. Salman Khan also gave his input. He gave me his own trainer to work out with. Now, I spend a lot of time in the gym thanks to Salman Khan.”
On working with Salman Khan who was going through a tumultuous time with the court cases during filming: “We were like a big happy family. Salman Khan has such a good sense of humour… He’s an awesome person and he’s amazing. Nobody is as selfless and giving as Salman Khan. I feel blessed that he is a part of my life.”
On his own journey and career in Hindi film: “I had my ups and downs. But all I wanted to do was to be an actor. There’s no business like show business.”
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