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Sharad Kelkar has come a long way…

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Sharad Kelkar on his gym­ming pas­sion

Af­ter his splen­did per­for­mances in ‘RaamLeela’, ‘Hero’, ‘Mo­henjo Daro’, Marathi movie ‘Lai Bhaari’ and many more, Sharad Kelkar is in the news again, as the bad guy in San­jay Dutt star­rer ‘Bhoomi’. In a can­did tête-à-tête, Sharad speaks about his pas­sion for fit­ness, turn­ing ac­tor, be­ing the voice of ‘Baahubali’ and more…

A Born Fit­ness En­thu­si­ast

“I was born in Gwalior, MP, and grow­ing up, I as­pired to be in the army. So af­ter 12th std, I started go­ing to the gym and also did my grad­u­a­tion in phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion. I ap­plied for the CDS (Com­bined De­fence Ser­vices) Ex­am­i­na­tion and cleared all ex­ams, in­ter­views and the many other rounds that they have. But dur­ing the se­lec­tion, I was re­jected. “I had all my fit­ness de­grees, but no job, so I de­cided to open a gym in a club, and worked there as a fit­ness trainer for two years, along with at­tend­ing MBA classes in In­dore. “Af­ter my MBA, I got a job in a pri­vate firm, but I de­cided to go to Mumbai to try my luck in mod­el­ling and act­ing. If I didn’t make it in the film in­dus­try, my backup plan was to open a gym in Mumbai.”

Find­ing His Call­ing In Act­ing

“Luck favoured me and I did a movie in 2004 called ‘Ut­taryan’, with a renowned Marathi film­maker, which won the na­tional award in that year. I had a small part in that movie, but my ca­reer

started with that. “Post that, I did TV for about seven years. I did many good roles and was do­ing well, till one day (ac­tu­ally mid­night), when Vikram Bhatt called me, and asked me to be the lead in his movie and that’s how ‘1920: The Evil Re­turns’ hap­pened. And my Bol­ly­wood jour­ney thus be­gan. “In my lat­est movie ‘Bhoomi’, I play a rowdy char­ac­ter from a ru­ral area. I had to change my body lan­guage, be re­laxed and not look like a gym freak at all. I had to look like an al­co­holic, with a slight paunch. I ac­tu­ally had to lose mus­cle and get rid of my fit body to fit into the char­ac­ter of ‘Dhauli’.”

But Never Quit Be­ing Fit

“But that was just for that film… Fit­ness is very much a part of me. I work out six days a week – not a body build­ing work­out – but just some­thing to be fit. I do three days of MMA (mixed mar­tial arts) and three days of gym­ming. “Once a week, I do func­tional train­ing – I have a pull-up bar in my home at a huge height, so I do my rope climb­ing, push-ups and pull-ups on that. I also go for a jog in the even­ings. “I used to do ex­ces­sive work­outs in my 20s due to which I had a few in­juries. I did not re­alise the pain then, but it af­fects me now. So now I only work out to be fit.”

…And Eat­ing Fit

“I am not finicky about food, as while shoot­ing, I may not get the proper diet food, but I con­trol my por­tions and am very par­tic­u­lar about my tim­ings. “I do binge some­times, but then the next day, I work out a lit­tle ex­tra to burn those calo­ries.”

Be­ing The Voice Of ‘Baahubali’

“I was called by the pro­duc­ers and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of the film for a voice test. I was not sure about dub­bing for a South movie, but be­cause I am a huge fan of S S Ra­jamouli, I agreed and took my test copy with me just to meet him but re­fused to dub. “But the next day, I got a call say­ing Ra­jamouli said I was per­fect. How could I refuse him!? “Ra­jamouli Sir used to come daily to the dub­bing stu­dio to ob­serve and sug­gest lines and ex­pres­sions. It was a huge learn­ing process for me. Even Prab­has helped me – he would tell me how he felt dur­ing the scene which helped me dub bet­ter, as I also un­der­stood the emo­tions.” “I am very happy with the way things are go­ing for me, but I want to do a lot more. “I want my au­di­ence to say that if Sharad is in this movie, it must be good.” HAR­SHA AD­VANI

“I had all my fit­ness de­grees, but no job, so I de­cided to open a gym in a club, and worked there as a fit­ness trainer for two years, along with at­tend­ing MBA classes in In­dore. Af­ter that, I de­cided if I didn’t make it in the film in­dus­try, my backup plan was to open a gym in Mumbai.”

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