Fit & Fa­mous

Amit Sadh’s amaz­ing body trans­for­ma­tion

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS - SNEHA SURESHKUMAR

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.”

diet Rou­tine

“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

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