Fit & Famous
Amit Sadh’s amazing body transformation
2018 has been the year for actor Amit Sadh. From playing the character of Kabir Sawant, a senior officer in ‘Breathe’, to playing Raghubir Pratap Singh, a hockey player in ‘Gold’, he has aced all his characters by delivering some power-packed performances. Currently, prepping up for his upcoming digital series ‘India Strikes Back’, based on the surgical strike that took place in 2016, Amit is on an all-time high. Read all about his journey from a security guard to an actor, and his passion for fitness and films… And check out his drool-worthy pictures too… They are a visual treat!
Fit From Young
“Fitness has been part of my life since very young. My father comes from a military background so being fit is something that my father has passed on to me. Moreover, I have also always believed that if you took care of your body from early on, you will lead a comfortable and enjoyable life ahead. “I went to La Marteneire boarding school in Lucknow, where I was trained and groomed in every sport possible - be it in boxing or bowling. We were trained like the army cadets - and there were loads of physical training and sporting activities that went on in school.”
Starting Out As A Security Guard
“I worked as a security guard at Benetton store and it is that part of my life and struggle that I am proud about. I never knew what I wanted to do then but yes, I found my way to success with my hard work and patience.
Actor Amit Sadh spills the beans behind his amazing body transformation, his love for fitness and films, and more…
“I realized my love for acting a little late, in my early 20s. And so, I came to Mumbai on a bike and auditioned for various films. And finally got the offer to play the lead in the TV serial ‘Kyun Hota Hain Pyar’, which was like a miracle. I slowly settled here in this industry. “I have always felt that everything that happens in my life is a mere miracle and that’s another reason why I am always calm and composed and don’t stress about anything. I have a very strong philosophy that what’s mine will never leave me and what is not mine, will never stay with me. So I feel that you should be like water, sometimes flow and sometimes float. “I then studied method acting, which in a nutshell, is a series of exercises to fine tune your body and sharpen your senses. There
“My father comes from a military background so being fit is something that my father has passed on to me. Moreover, I have also always believed that if you took care of your body from early on, you will lead a comfortable and enjoyable life ahead."
is a misconception that at drama school you learn to become other people which is partly true. But most importantly, you learn how to lend parts of yourself to a character to play it more truthfully.”
Transition From Television To Big Screen “I felt that I needed to change and do something bigger. After three years, casting director, Mukesh Chabbra called me for ‘Kai Po Che’, after which I started to get more offers. “I don’t think from the perspective of small screen or big screen. I just listen to the story. After that if I feel that the platform chosen by my producers or directors is correct, then I take up the project. I have worked equally hard for ‘Breathe’ or ‘Gold’ as I am working for my character Mike Tango in the ‘India Strikes Back’. The efforts put in whatever I do is the same. “Today, the world is opening
up to many different mediums like Netflix and Amazon, so I just want to be part of projects that push and encourage me to be successful. For me, it is all about audience, audience and audience.”
Gaining And Losing Weight, All For A Film “I gained 22 kgs of fat for a film called ‘Yaara’, which didn’t release. It took me almost two
years to lose that fat. When I was doing that film, people felt I was going through depression as I had put on so much weight. But I did whatever I felt right at that moment. As an actor, I am proud of myself that I had the will and courage to do something as challenging as that. I still hope that someday that movie will release. “Also, for my upcoming
“I came to Mumbai on a bike and auditioned for various And films. finally got the offer to play the lead in the TV serial 'Kyun Hota Hain Pyar', which was like a miracle. I slowly settled here in this industry."
project ‘India Strikes Back’, I have again gained 15 kgs of muscle. While shooting for ‘Gold’, I was 72 kgs and now I weigh somewhere between 85-90 kgs. As an actor, I feel blessed that I get to experiment with different characters and change my body and diet accordingly. In ‘Gold’, I was portraying the character of an athlete, and in ‘India Strikes Back’, I am playing the most powerful and fearless commando.”
Training For My Upcoming Project
“My character Major Mike Tango belongs to the Special Forces of the Indian army. And trainer Rakesh Udiyar, who previously trained Aamir Khan for ‘Dangal’ and Salman Khan for ‘Sultan’, is currently training me. We have
“I gained 22 kgs of fat called 'Yaara', which didn't release When I was doing that film, people felt I was going through depression as i had put on so much weight. But I did whatever i felt right at the moment. As an actor, I am proud that I had the will and courage to do something as challenging as that."
been training for six months for now. So he has pushed me a lot in terms of my physique, stability and strength. “My life has been intense for the past few months as it’s the hardest I have ever worked on my body. So it was a huge transformation for me. I train twice a day. My schedule starts at six in the morning with a 90-minute workout which is followed by two-hour sessions in the noon and later in the day I do intense training for six hours. Apart from that, I do intense cardio every morning and end my day with cardio too. “I also took marine training classes to get into the skin of the character. I had a hard time juggling with my sleep schedules while going through this intense training. But all this taught me about discipline – if you want something in life, you have to go at it with full force and push your body to the limit!”
Fitness For me is more Than Just Good Looks And Abs
“My workout routine changes with every film. I try to take up challenging roles and work out for it accordingly. Today, the notion of being fit is changing as we consider the guy with toned abs as being the fittest. For me, that person is the weakest. As fitness, for me, is a mixture of good habits, discipline and constant awareness about yourself. It is like a marathon you continue running for the rest of your life. “Fitness, for me, is also keeping good mental and spiritual health. All these things combined together contribute towards being fit for the rest of your life. We admire good bodies on magazine covers but there is a very thick line between looking good visually and being fit from inside out.”
“My diet routine keeps changing as per the requirements of my body and the roles I am playing. Right now, I am having five-seven meals a day, and everything is meat-based. I take the macronutrients needed from carbs, proteins and so on. Breakfast: Eggs and salad. Lunch: Fish, vegetables, chicken and salad. dinner: Lamb, vegetables, chicken and salad.
“Today, the notion of being fit is changing the as we consider the guy with toned abs as being the fittest. For me the person is the weakest, Fitness, for me, is a mixture of good habits, discipline and constant awareness about yourself. It is like a marathon you continue running for the rest of your life."
On Keeping Good mental health
“I have no mental stress whatsoever. I get confused when people say they have stress while doing something they love to do. I am always that person who is happy, smiling and grateful for all the opportunities that I have in my life. “For me, meditation has helped a lot in being calm and still. I have been training under my yoga guru, Girish, who has helped me understand the power of reading and living in the moment. I wish I had learnt the power of meditation before, but it is never too late to start.”
Far Away From Controversies
“I am an ordinary guy, and I like to keep things simple and clean. I am also very straightforward and honest. I am grateful to the paparazzi, my fans and everyone in the industry for loving me. So it is simple, they don’t bother me and I don’t bother them.”
“Meditation has being helped alot in being calm and still. I have been training under my yoga guru, Girish whi has helped me understand the power of reading and living in the moment. I wish I had learnt the power of meditation before but it is never too late to start."
Stills from his films