From Shershaah To Yodha: Sidharth Malhotra Transforms Into An Action Hero With Patriotic Streak SuperNayr

After his award-winning portrayal in Shershaah (2021), Sidharth Malhotra finds his niche in action-packed roles, with Mission Majnu (2023), Indian Police Force, and now Yodha. Unlike the real-life portrayal of the war hero in Shershaah, Yodha ventures into a fictitious world, exploring the dilemmas of saving oneself or countrymen in a high-stakes hijack thriller.

Intense Training By Sidharth Malhotra For Yodha

Directed by debutants Sagar Ambre and Pushkar Ojha, the film also stars Raashii Khanna and Disha Patani, showcasing a suspended officer from the special unit, Yodha Task Force, battling hijackers in tense aircraft settings.

Months of meticulous planning preceded the action-packed sequences, with choreographer Craig Macrae designing knife techniques and hand-to-hand combat for tight spaces. Malhotra’s six-month preparation included a rigorous fitness regimen, embodying the lithe frame essential for the role. Malhotra’s dedication to physical training and meticulous preparation ensured seamless execution on set.

Ojha says the action required months of meticulous planning. “We storyboarded the idea to the finest detail. Then, a fight choreographer sat with us and added to it. When Sidharth entered the scene, he first did the action on a mock set,” he recalls.

However, Yodha isn’t just about adrenaline-pumping action. Co-director Ambre says they crafted Malhotra’s character Arun as a family man. “Arun is a true soldier. He has an ailing mother, a loving wife, and a family man, but still, the nation comes first for him. When his patriotism is questioned, something changes in him.”

Sidharth Malhotra Learns Hand-To-Hand Combat and Knife Skills for His Action Role in Yodha, Calls His Character ‘Bharpoor’; WATCH BTS Video

Sidharth Malhotra, who is known for his romantic roles, is all set to surprise the audience with his action-packed performance in Yodha, an upcoming actioner producer by Karan Johar, Amazon Prime and Shashank Khaitan. The actor has done all the action sequences himself, without using any body doubles or stuntmen.

Sidharth underwent rigorous training in hand-to-hand combat and knife techniques for his role as Arun Katyal, a special agent who is on a mission to stop a terrorist plot. He also lost weight to fit into the character, who is lean and agile. Sidharth said that he enjoyed the challenge of transforming himself physically and mentally for the role.

“Arun Katyal is a ‘bharpoor’ character, that I am excited for the audience to watch him on the big screen,” Sidharth Malhotra said.

Sidharth’s action skills have also impressed the action director of the film, Craig, who has worked on blockbuster movies like War, Pathaan and Jawan. Craig praised Sidharth’s ability to pick up action quicker than anyone in the game and said that he was a natural at performing the stunts.

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Yodha is slated to release on March 15, 2024. The film also stars Raashii Khanna and Disha Patani in pivotal roles.

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