Actor Randeep Hooda is one of the finest actors of Bollywood, who has impressed us with his acting skills in films like Kick, Highway, Sarbjit and many others. Randeep was recently featured in Chris Hemsworth starrer Extraction and his character was highly praised by the audience. The actor recently gone through a major surgery of his leg, as it got infected. Talking about it, Randeep told TOI, “People close to me were shaken. It wasn’t a small surgery, it took a few hours but it wasn’t coronary, Covid-19 related or life threatening. I have four staples in my body. What happened to me is a long story. 12 years ago in 2008, I met with a major accident on the polo field. My horse Raja, who has passed away now, slipped and fell on my right leg. It was my mistake. I stretched out a bit too much to get to the ball, forgetting the fact that the horse is old. After he got up and my leg was still stuck, he kept looking at me wondering if I was okay. I remember his face so well. I could hardly breathe and he kept thinking if I was fine. Any other horse would have bolted and that could have killed me but he stood still. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have been alive. Raja taught me how to play Polo.”
“After the accident, I had metal plates and screws inserted to hold the bones together, heal the leg and bring it back to life. I was bedridden for a long time and all my projects evaporated during that time. I was supposed to take these plates out in a year but either I didn’t have the money, or didn’t have the time. After living with the metal plates for 12 years, which is perhaps my longest relationship in the physical sense (smiles), I had to get them removed because the leg got infected. The foreign body got sick of me. The surgery became a necessity. I don’t know if I will be the same actor once I go back to the movie set,” Randeep added.
The actor also revealed that he took painkillers while performing action sequences in Extraction. “When it doesn’t hurt you, you think it’s fine to delay the surgery. In all these years, my leg would pain occasionally, especially if it was hit by something but painkillers would keep the pain at bay. Two years ago, while rehearsing the action scenes for Extraction, the leg got infected. A lot of movie action was done by me on painkillers. I didn’t want to tell anyone because people get too careful around you. I decided to have an elective surgery to end the trauma once and for all,” said Randeep.