Many might be surprised to find that Hollywood (and global) superstar Sylvester Stallone has already starred in a Bollywood film. Stallone appeared in Sabbir Khan’s 2009 action comedy Kambakkht Ishq, a film that takes the viewer into the world perspective of the Hollywood stuntman. This film also includes appearances from other influential Hollywood stars.
Kambakkht Ishq revolves around a struggle between a Hollywood stuntman, Viraj Shergill (played by Akshay Kumar), and a hospital surgeon and ex-model, Simrita Rai (played by Kareena Kapoor). In this film, when Viraj’s brother Lucky falls in love with and marries Simrita’s best friend, Kamini, Viraj and Simrita do everything they can to prove that marriage between the two was a bad idea. When the characters played by Viraj and Simrita are once again engaged in battle, Viraj accepts and declares that the influence they exert on those close to them is unhealthy. Simrita, however, sticks rather aggressively to her original opinion.
Stallone is perhaps best known for his role as boxer Rocky Balboa, the main character in a series of 7 Rocky movies (between 1976 and 2015). He is also widely known for his portrayal of soldier John Rambo in the four Rambo films, released between 1982 and 2008. Another notable character he dabbled in was that of Barney Ross in the three The Expendables films from 2010 to 2014. more than playing the lead or a major role in these 14 films, he also wrote or co-wrote most of the films (and also directed some). What is perhaps Stallone’s most famous film, Rocky, was admitted to the National Film Registry, and the props from that film were actually placed in the Smithsonian Museum. Interestingly, since his films used the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the area is known as “Rocky Steps.” In fact, Philadelphia also placed a statue of her character from this series permanently near the museum. Stallone himself was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame on December 7, 2010, in the non-participant category.
While working with and getting to know Kumar, Stallone was reportedly very impressed with the former’s physical abilities, fitness routine and muscular physique. According to reports, Akshay Kumar was able to inspire Stallone to do yoga and was able to preach the benefits of bhurji and buttermilk in his diet. It is said that Stallone then passed on these health tips to actor Arnold Schwarzenegger while filming their movie, Escape Plan.