Raghav on learning freestyle fighting and hand-to-hand combat from Avengers: Age of Ultron stunt director Se-yeong for Kill
Slow-motion dance, not fast-paced action, is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Raghav Juyal. But the dancer-choreographer-turned-actor has picked up quite a few fight moves for his next Kill, produced by Karan Johar and Guneet Monga. Considering Nikhil Nagesh Bhat’s directorial venture is an all-out action fare, the actor trained extensively with Korean stunt director Se-yeong Oh, who has previously worked on Hollywood biggies like Avengers—Age of Ultron (2015), Snowpiercer (2013) and War of Arrows (2011).
Juyal did extensive rehearsals with Oh and his team, particularly in hand-to-hand combat, mixed martial arts, and freestyle fighting that the Korean action choreographer is known for. A source reveals, “What makes this all the more challenging is that most of the action happens in a moving train. So, Se-yeong has choreographed the stunts in such a way that it makes use of the setting smartly.”
Kill, which also stars Lakshya and Tanya Maniktala, recently premièred at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was lauded for its taut storyline and gritty treatment. Juyal, who is trying his hand at action for the first time, says, “The chance to work with Se-yeong Oh is nothing short of a dream come true. His mastery in designing action sequences is unparalleled, and I’m thrilled to be part of this cinematic journey.”