Actor-producer Vishnu Manchu said that his upcoming Telugu film Dynamite, which has high-octane action stunts, is the first martial arts film in the language.
Dynamite is an official remake of the Tamil hit film Arima Nambi.
"It's an out-and-out action film. It will be Telugu cinema's first martial arts film. When I say martial arts, it won't be the kind you see in foreign movies. This will be a very different kind of action derived from a form of martial arts," Vishnu told IANS.
For the role, he even underwent special training in mixed martial arts.
"Since we wanted the action to be very realistic, I had decided to get trained. I spent nearly three months on learning mixed martial arts. It was an intense training program," he added.
Vishnu also learnt and performed the stunts without a body double.
"I love realism. You need to be able to do stunts that will enthral the audience from the beginning to the end. Fans love their hero to do stunts and I told my director that I wouldn't like any compromises. So, I went to Bangkok, which is one of the finest destinations for learning stunts," said Vishnu.
The film, according to Vishnu, will be a unique action entertainer in Telugu cinema. (Also Read: Vishnu Manchu Elated With Response to Anukshanam )
"The action will be the biggest highlight of the film. Contrary to how action is portrayed in mainstream Telugu filmdom, what you see in Dynamite is very realistic. A lot of action takes place on the run. It's more of run-hit-run-hit-run kind of action," he said, and added that the remake is even more action-packed than the original," he said.
"You don't see this kind of a film often in Telugu. And this is not your regular action flick, though there's action throughout the film. Dynamite ventures into a new genre that our industry is not familiar with. When we watched the rushes of the film in the edit room, people said that they felt like watching an English film. They did a brilliant job in Tamil and we kind of neatly adapted it," he added.
Dynamite is directed by Deva Katta, and also features Kannada film actress Pranitha Subhash.
Regarding his director, Vishnu said: "Initially, Deva was a little apprehensive about my mass appeal and wasn't sure if he could do justice to it with this kind of film. Keeping all that in mind, he has made the film in such a way that it will appeal to everybody."
Dynamite has been produced by Vishnu's home production 24 Frames Factory, and also features JD Chakravarthy and Nagineedu in pivotal roles.