Emraan’s train­ing day

HT City - - Front Page - Ji­gar Shah ji­gar.shah@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ac­tor Emraan Hashmi is leav­ing no stone un­turned to look like for­mer In­dian cricketer Mo­ham­mad Azharud­din for the biopic, Azhar. Ap­par­ently, Emraan has been un­der­go­ing in­tense train­ing ses­sions with celebrity fit­ness and move­ment-train­ing ex­pert, Praveen Tokas, who has de­vised a spe­cial work­out pro­gramme for him.

Talk­ing about the train­ing sched­ule, Praveen says, “We saw 10-hour footages of dif­fer­ent cricket matches that Azharud­din played to get a deeper un­der­stand­ing of his walk­ing and run­ning style. We de­vised our run­ning and pos­tu­ral ma­nip­u­la­tion pro­gramme based on it.”

To get the physique right, Praveen says, “We fo­cused more on his up­per body mo­bil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity train­ing.”

Emraan says, “Azhar has turned out to be the most phys­i­cally de­mand­ing film for me. Pre­par­ing for the role has been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I had to un­dergo a phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion. I’m re­ally en­joy­ing the process.”

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