Salman Khan

Salman Khan, director Ali Abbas Zafar and Katrina Kaif are seen during shooting of “Tiger Zinda Hai.” The film, which has been shot in five countries, releases on Dec. 22. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—Challenging weather conditions in Austria during the shoot of "Tiger Zinda Hai" led to a health issue for actor Salman Khan, says director Ali Abbas Zafar.

Talking about shooting for the film in the locales of Austria, Zafar said in a statement: "What we see onscreen might look a lot easier than it actually is. Sometimes, sequences like the ones shot in Austria can be difficult to achieve.

"For a significant chapter in 'Tiger Zinda Hai,' we had to film in a place that had a certain amount of aloofness and isolation. We found that spot in the mountains of Austria, a place where time seemed to stand still and frozen.

"Shooting here meant dealing with unexpected situations. Literally, a lot of pain had gone behind this sequence. Salman developed a health issue, but he still trained to film here and delivered on a tough action sequence."

The team shot a song there.

"We had expertise on our side since we worked with an international crew that has worked on the latest James Bond film 'Spectre.' In the end, as a team, we are fairly satisfied that we managed to film here successfully," he added.

"Tiger Zinda Hai," which also stars Katrina Kaif, is a sequel to "Ek Tha Tiger." It is slated to release on Dec. 22 and has been shot across five countries.

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