Anu­pam Kher loses 14 kg; says his goal is to bag an ac­tion film now

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Anu­pam Kher is giv­ing us some se­ri­ous fit­ness goals! The vet­eran ac­tor, who was se­cretly work­ing to­wards los­ing weight, and is now 14 ki­los lighter, sur­prised his fans on Twit­ter with be­fore-and-after pic­tures, re­cently. There’s no doubt he’s proud of him­self, but ad­mits the jour­ney was “tor­tur­ous”! “I knew I had to get rid of three things in my diet — pota­toes, rice and sweets. I didn’t touch any of these for six months. Along with this, I walked for, at least, an hour ev­ery day. In fact, I walk 10,000 steps daily,” says Kher. We all know, weight loss re­quires quite some mo­ti­va­tion. For the 61-year-old, it was the de­sire to rein­vent him­self that kept him go­ing. “Ev­ery few years, I de­cide to do some­thing dif­fer­ent, be it with my work or this. When I turned 60, I wanted to do some­thing im­pos­si­ble. My chal­lenge was to make this pos­si­ble. When I was 28 years old, I played a 60-year-old man in one of my films (Saaransh; 1984) and I now want to do an ac­tion film. This is just my de­sire; it’s not like I’ve been of­fered any­thing as yet,” says Kher, who hadn’t even told his fam­ily about his wish to “rein­vent” him­self.

“I thought that if I told them that this was what I had planned, they would laugh at me. Plus, they did not no­tice for a while. I was never fat, so the idea was to be thin­ner… My mother, of course, is not very happy,” says Kher, who de­lib­er­ately de­cided to cut down on his films to achieve his goal. “This was an in­ter­val of my life. I took my trainer, An­thony Jad­hav, with me to America, where I was tour­ing for my play. I feel that the process of los­ing all this weight helped dis­ci­pline me as a per­son as well. I got time for my­self. I would not walk on the tread­mill; I would take a walk on the street. I ac­com­pa­nied this with light ex­er­cise. All I can say is, there is no big­ger high than see­ing the change for your­self,” adds the ac­tor.

Ask Kher how he plans to main­tain this new physique, and he shares, “Now, I have put a hor­ren­dous, fat pic­ture of my­self right next to my bed. Ev­ery morn­ing, I get up and look at that pic­ture and that mo­ti­vates me! I have put the pic­ture so that I get stressed look­ing at it and main­tain my weight.”

I never told my fam­ily (about my plans). They did not no­tice for a while. I was never fat, so the idea was to be thin­ner… My mother, of course, is not very happy. ANU­PAM KHER, AC­TOR

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