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Shahid follows strict diet, workout for ‘Padmavati’

News Helpline | January, 14 2017

In bollywood, there was one period when actors used only concentrate on their acting part but now, times have changed drastically. Actors of today’s generation need be in their best  form not only in terms of acting but they also need to master the skill of action, dance and maintaining physique which will be similar of that character.

Following the suit, Actors bring unexpected transformation in their body, just like Randeep did for his much acclaimed film ‘Sarbjit’ and Aamir for his blockbuster ‘Dangal’. Actor Shahid Kapoor is also known for such kind of transformation, when he shaved off his head for ‘Haider’ or made impressive physique in ‘Kaminey’. This time around, he is getting muscular for his most awaited film ‘Padmavati’ where he is playing role of Rawal Ratan Singh.

For the requirement of his character, he is working out for two hours a day everyday, Shahid was on a strict diet for 40 days which included eating 50 gm of brown rice and steamed vegetables in the entire day. The actor also went off salt and sugar completely for 15 days, during which some of his closer shots were being filmed.

"Shahid has always put in effort in the various looks he has essayed on screen through the course of his career and his look in 'Padmavati' is something audiences have never seen before. The star has been shooting in a 14-hour shift and yet makes the time to work out for two hours everyday.

"That, and a strict diet of 50 grams slow release carbohydrates and protein, is part of the gruelling regime to tone and define his physique. He even went without sugar and salt for 15 days," said a source close to the actor.

The "Haider" star underwent a complete boot camp regime, under the guidance of trainer Samir Jaura, to work on his physique.

Talking about Shahid's regime, Jaura said: "The aim was to lose some body fat and gain lean muscles. The training and diet plan intensified 40 days before he began shooting in November with him going off salt and sugar for 15 days when close-ups were taken. Now they start the portions of him in royal costumes and since he needs to look bigger, we've added more carbs."

The film is a historical drama based on the 1303 siege of the Chittor fort in Rajasthan. Alauddin Khilji, the Turkic ruler of the Delhi Sultanate led the invasion, motivated by his desire to capture the beautiful queen Rani Padmini aka padmavati, the wife of Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the ruler of Mewar.

The period drama is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, jointly produced by Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. The film features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in leading roles. It is currently scheduled for release on 17 November 2017.

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