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Bollywood actor to promote Kerala martial arts 

Vidyut Jamwal

Mumbai: Kerala’s martial arts form that has become a mere tourist attraction despite inspiring the world’s fighting systems has found a new savior.

A Bollywood actor has come forward to teach Kalaripayattu, a system of strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods that originated in Kerala.

“People know about world martial art forms like Kung fu and Karate. But they are not aware of Indian martial art forms like Kalaripayattu,” said Vidyut Jamwal, who has worked in action thrillers such as “Commando,” “Force” and “Shakti.”

The 34-year-old actor, who started learning the Kerala martial arts form at the age of three, plans to open a university in Kerala to help martial arts aspirants to seek expert training in Kalaripayattu, reports canindia.com.

“We don’t have many schools here that teach the art. I am working on opening a university in Kerala,” said the Rajput hero who attributes to his mother his interest in martial arts.

“While practicing martial arts or while doing stunts, whenever I get injuries, my mother tells me not to worry. She says ‘You are not a loser’,” said the son of an army officer who died many years ago.

Jamwal suffered an injuring during a recent stunt scene and had to get a stitch on his chest.

He said he joined the film world rejecting a “good job opportunity” to teach martial arts across the world and earn a good fortune.

Although he likes to do action films, he loves to watch romantic movies.

He is now busy shooting Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Bullet Raja” and Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s “Commando 2.”

Akshay Kumar is reportedly supervising him in “Commando 2.” The young actor said he has immense respect for Akshay’s work and talent.