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I am humbled: Prateek Parmar on MKDNH success

People can not stop talking about Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. The Vasan Bala directed film that bagged the Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2018. It was India’s first ever win and was welcomed with huge appreciation at the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival, where it opened.

Prateek Parmar (who plays the role of Samurai) is the man behind the action sequences in the film. He is a professional martial-arts practitioner trained in wing chun, karate, taekwondo and wushu. Parmar can pull off the most daring stunts without the help of technical gear. While this is not his first time as an action choreographer, this project was definitely different to him. Talking about this, he says, “The whole process of designing action that looks so real and not over-the-top was an experience. Everything that looks so flawless on the screen is actually carefully planned and executed to the perfection. You have to take special steps to make sure the scenes look natural and not animated.”

When asked about how the audience took a special liking to his role, he says, “I am overwhelmed and humbled. I am glad the audience can appreciate just the pure, true action and a storyline like MKDNH. It is why I do what I do.” Prateek is also an independent film-maker. His web-series, Raging Fist, the first action web-series in India, has received international acclaim.

Though the date hasn’t been finalized yet, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is expected to release sometime early next year. While the movie is doing huge rounds, the audience especially loved the climax which is packed with high octane kicks. Meanwhile, Prateek will be seen in more unique, action-based films soon.

Prateek Parmar has another feather in the cap with ‘Suryansh’

Kamal Patel and Sachin Desai’s next, Suryansh, is already the most anticipated Gujarati film of the year! The Freddy Daruwala and Heena Achhra starrer is releasing on October 5th. The movie is about a daring police officer on the mission to reduce crime rates.

Suryansh is a one-of-its-kind action film. The action is designed by Prateek Parmar, who is a professional martial arts director. He says, “Suryansh is something that has never happened in Gujarati cinema before. It is purely based on extraordinary action sequences. Being a trained martial arts practitioner, I can perform the stunts without the help of any equipment so I really applaud the rest of the cast who pulled off the scenes flawlessly.”

Suryansh has already gained a huge following of action lovers since the trailer launch. It is being described as a “thrilling roller coaster ride of action, drama, emotions, mystery and an ending that is impossible to predict.”

Prateek adds, “My journey in martial arts has been influenced a lot from popular western action movies and performers. That is reflected in the action choreography for Suryansh.” Prateek has several action sequences to his credit such as the 2018 Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, Vicky Kaushal’s CODE advertisement among others. His very own web series – Raging Fist, is making rounds as the first action web series of India and has received acclaim from around the world. When asked about his ventures into other genres he says, “I live for martial arts. So far I am only planning on projects that are based in action. I would love to explore more unique storylines with martial arts at its core.”

Prateek Parmar will also be seen as a cast in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, directed by Vasan Bala and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. The movie became the first Indian film to win the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also did the action sequences for the movie.

RSVP’s Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota wins People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award

RSVP’s Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (The Man Who Feels No Pain at the fest) has outdone several Hollywood heavyweights to claim the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award at 43rd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The Ronnie Screwvala production was in contention with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black’s The Predator, David Gordon Green’s Halloween featuring BAFTA-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis and Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation, among others.

The award, which was instated in 2009, is presented to the film that is rated as the most popular among the underground and cult titles in contention. At each screening, attendees are invited to vote for the film by leaving their ticket stubs in voting boxes outside the theatre post the show.

An elated Vasan Bala says, “The standing ovation his film received on September 14 will forever remain etched in his memory. The section had some great genre filmmakers from around the world who have been making the best films for years. Just being among them was amazing, so this outcome has come out of the blue. From being a fan-boy of these filmmakers to contending with them, it has been an incredible journey.”

Speaking of fanboy moments, Vasan informs that seeing his favourite stars in person was another highlight for him at the fest. He saw Paul Greengrass, who has made three films in the Bourne series, in the corridor of his hotel, and came across Bradley Cooper and Robert Pattinson at the Roma premiere. “The director, Alfonso Cuaron, was just 20 feet away from me,” he exclaims.

Commenting on the same Ronnie Screwvala said, “I am ecstatic with the win and equally thrilled that it is a first for an Indian film. We are always striving to push the boundaries of story-telling and genres and Vasan has made his mark with his debut entry in direction.”

Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota marks the acting debut of Bhagyashree’s son Abhimanyu Dassani as a man who suffers from a rare condition called congenital insensitivity to pain. Using it to his advantage, he wants to rid his city of petty thieves. “It is like a homage to all the martial arts film I grew up on and is partly inspired by the relationship I shared with my grandfather,” Vasan adds.