Actor Akshay Kumar has posted a photo on his social media handle showing him and filmmaker Rohit Shetty sharing a Jai-Veeru moment on a Ducati Monster. The photo seems to have been taken behind the scenes during the filming of their upcoming movie Sooryavanshi.
When it comes to motorcycles in Bollywood movies, the sequence of Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra riding the 1954 Ariel 350 cc motorcycle, as Jai and Veeru in the movie, Sholay, must be one of the most iconic shoot sequences. Actor Akshay Kumar and filmmaker Rohit Shetty recreated the moment off-screen while shooting for their upcoming movie Sooryavanshi. Only in this case, instead of the retro motorcycle, the actor and director duo used a modern roadster – the Ducati Monster – for their Jai-Veeru moment. The photo was shared by Akshay Kumar on his social media handle. However, neither of the two celebrities are wearing helmets. In our book, that’s something which should have been done, for their personal safety, as well as being public personalities, to send a message to their followers, that road safety is extremely important.
The picture though, seems to have been taken behind the scenes during the making of the movie, and not out in the real world, where wearing mandatory safety gear is not just unsafe, but illegal in most parts of the world. We request our readers to always wear a helmet and other safety gear where possible, even if it’s just a short dash to the neighbourhood grocery store in a gearless scooter. Riding any two-wheeler without a helmet is extremely unsafe and we at carandbike condone such behaviour, and insist that a helmet should be worn at the least, and properly strapped tight.
The bike shown in the post is the same Ducati Monster that has also been used in the movie as well. The movie trailer shows a long chase sequence where Akshay Kumar is shown riding the Ducati Moster 795 motorcycle in Thailand. The model in the photo is the old Ducati Monster 795 which was on sale in India until a few years ago. The bike was powered 803 cc L-Twin engine, which used to make 85.8 bhp and 78 Nm of peak torque.
The new action movie Sooryavanshi will be one of the first Bollywood movies to have a theatrical release after a long hiatus. The movie stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, and it will also have special appearances by Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh, who have been part of the Rohit Shetty’s cop franchise movies.