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Akbar Bakshi

Action Director
  • Died: 19 March, 1998 (Bombay)
  • Primary Cinema: Hindi
  • Children: Mehmood Bakshi , Hafiza Akbar Bakshi
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Stunt director Akbar Bakshi worked in the action department of several films during the course of his career. He is especially known for his work in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996) and Soldier (1998), which won him Filmfare awards for Best Action. In Soldier, Bakshi created highly effective fight sequences incorporating a blood-splattered climax in the deserts of Jaisalmer. The entire cast and crew grew so enthusiastic, that even veteran actress Raakhee reportedly shunned the services of a stunt double. 

Starting off in the 70s, Bakshi debuted as fighter and stuntman. Among the many big ticket films he worked on are Dharmatma (1975), Amrit (1986), Khiladi (1992), Baazigar (1993), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Duplicate (1998), and Aarzoo (1999). Other films whose action he worked on include Banarasi Babu (1973), Kotwal Saab (1977), Badnaam (1990), Sainik (1993), Dilbar (1994), Vaade Iraade (1994), Zamaana Deewana (1995), Bewafa Sanam (1995), English Babu Desi Mem (1996), Daraar (1996), Mr and Mrs Khiladi (1997), and Kasam (2001), which released after his demise. 

Bakshi also appeared onscreen, often making brief appearances in the films whose stunts he directed, including Gunga Jumna (1961), Nartakee (1963), Awara Badal (1964), Darasingh: Ironman (1970), Jugnu (1973), Ghar (1978), The Deceivers (1988), Prem Pratigyaa (1989), Vishwatma (1992), Tarazu (1997), and Veerta (1993).

Akbar Bakshi passed away on 19 March, 1998 during the making of Soldier. At the same time, he was working on the film Baadshah (1999), which was later completed by his son Mehmood Bakshi, who is also an action director. Akbar Bakshi’s daughter Hafiza Akbar Bakshi is a celebrity make-up artist. 

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