Fit & Fa­mous

Man of the mo­ment Ran­bir Kapoor gets can­did about his amaz­ing body trans­for­ma­tion; livin’ ‘n’ breathin’ movies; con­trol­ling his drink­ing habit and more... In a fun and straight-fromthe-heart in­ter­view with ‘H&N’.

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Su­per­star Ran­bir Kapoor on his amaz­ing fit­ness trans­for­ma­tion

Ran­bir Kapoor, Gen Next of the first fam­ily of films in Bol­ly­wood, was born with the gift to en­ter­tain! He made his mark right from his first movie, and con­tin­ues to en­thral au­di­ences with his ver­sa­til­ity even af­ter 11 years. And hits or flops, Ran­bir is al­ways re­mem­bered for the char­ac­ters he por­trays on screen. My in­ter­view with Ran­bir was sched­uled on the sets of ‘Sanju’, where Ran­bir, San­jay Dutt, Dia Mirza, chore­og­ra­pher Ganesh Acharya, direc­tor Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani, pro­ducer Vidhu Vinod Cho­pra, the whole team was shoot­ing a pro­mo­tional song for the movie. The in­ter­view was car­ried out in the midst of the shoot with Ran­bir go­ing back to give his shot ev­ery 10 min­utes. Look­ing as dap­per as ever, he came across as pretty friendly and warm. I be­gan by wish­ing him luck and telling him that by the time our mag­a­zine hits the stands, ‘Sanju’ would have al­ready re­leased, and see­ing the hype and ex­cite­ment among view­ers post the trailer re­lease, the film would surely be a hit.

“It was a big task for me to look like San­jay Dutt in the movie – from the way he looks, to adopt his man­ner­isms, hair­style, body lan­guage, every­thing.”

“I hope what you are say­ing comes true and the movie is a big hit, as we have made this movie with lots of love and re­spect for Sanju Sir,” he says. So how was the ex­pe­ri­ence of por­tray­ing some­one on screen who is still so re­lat­able to the au­di­ence? “I had the same view when Raju Sir told me that he is plan­ning to make a biopic on San­jay Dutt! I asked him this ex­act ques­tion. How will you make a movie on an ac­tor’s life who is still so rel­e­vant and pop­u­lar among the au­di­ence? But when he (Raju Hi­rani) read the story to me, I was con­vinced… It’s a must-share for the au­di­ence, who will get to see all his sides, and learn from the mis­takes he has made in his life. “When I un­der­stood the story and the work that went into the mak­ing of the movie, I was so im­pressed that I de­cided to put my soul in its prepa­ra­tion.”

PREPAR­ING FOR THE ROLE

From us­ing pros­thet­ics to gain­ing mus­cles and now los­ing them again for his up­com­ing movie ‘Brah­mas­tra’, Ran­bir has gone through dras­tic changes for ‘Sanju’. And he did it all in the span of one year be­fore the shoot be­gan… “It was a big task for me to look like San­jay Dutt in the movie – from the way he looks, to adopt his man­ner­isms, hair­style, body lan­guage, every­thing. And be­cause he is so rel­e­vant even to­day, it was harder for me be­cause I knew com­par­isons would hap­pen. “I also knew that it’s im­pos­si­ble to be an ex­act copy. Plus, I didn’t want to copy him 100% be­cause it would have looked very odd on screen. I had to man­age that per­fect bal­ance.”

PHYS­I­CAL TRANS­FOR­MA­TION

“But I must ad­mit that look­ing like the char­ac­ter was a crazy trans­for­ma­tion. I was eat­ing eight meals in a day and was wak­ing up at three in the morn­ing to have my pro­tein

“I was eat­ing eight meals in a day, and was wak­ing up at three in the morn­ing to have my pro­tein shakes. I was work­ing out for two hours daily.”

shakes. I was work­ing out for two hours daily. “I have al­ways been a skinny guy, so to gain mus­cles is a tough call for me, but I can lose weight fast though. For ‘Sanju’, I didn’t have to look just mus­cu­lar; as the mus­cu­lar part comes later in the movie when he is older. The movie cap­tures Sanju from the age of 20 till 60 years old so I had to go for an en­tire body trans­for­ma­tion, from lean to mus­cu­lar. “I trained un­der fit­ness trainer Ku­nal Gir who helped me get into this shape. We trained in re­verse, first for big mus­cles, and then, I started los­ing them as the film pro­gressed. “My work­outs were very well planned by Ku­nal. My shoot sched­ule was planned keep­ing in mind my work­out timings. Though I did lots of heavy weights, the work­out part was still easy. The diet was pretty hard. And be­cause I am a big foodie by na­ture, to con­trol my diet was dif­fi­cult!

BE­ING HEALTHY

Ran­bir Kapoor is a mama’s boy is a known fact. The ac­tor, who has al­ways been open about his close bond with his mother Neetu Kapoor, says that be­ing healthy is also some­thing he has im­bibed from her… “Stay­ing healthy is some­thing I adapt from my mother, be it the im­por­tance of fruits, veg­eta­bles and a healthy diet or good sleep. She is so par­tic­u­lar about it all, and al­ways en­cour­ages both my sis­ter and me to fol­low a healthy life­style. And now, as I am grow­ing older, I un­der­stand the value of health, nu­tri­tion and well-be­ing even more.” So on a nor­mal day what does his fit­ness sched­ule look like? “My fit­ness sched­ule keeps chang­ing from char­ac­ter to char­ac­ter; it al­ways de­pends on the film I am do­ing. In cer­tain films, I have to look very thin, like in ‘Jagga Ja­soos’, I was a school stu­dent so I had to lose a lot of weight and look re­ally thin. So while shoot­ing for that movie, I did a lot of car­dio.

“Though I did lots of heavy weights, the work­out part was still easy. The diet was pretty hard. And big be­cause I am a foodie by na­ture, to con­trol my diet was dif­fi­cult!”

“Now I am do­ing a film called ‘Brah­mas­tra’, for which I need to look lean, not mus­cu­lar like in ‘Sanju’. “Also, we have a lot of ‘free days’ be­tween shoots, and so my work­out keeps chang­ing but never stops. My diet and work­outs are con­stant, and cheat days are rare too. Life has to be dis­ci­plined in this field. “Some­times, even af­ter shoot­ing for 14 hours, I still have to hit the gym for one to two hours. I am lucky as I have a gym in my build­ing it­self so it saves my travel time.”

DRINK­ING & WELL-BE­ING

Of­ten, ac­tors like to keep their per­sonal lives guarded and show­case only their ‘per­fect lives’ in front of the me­dia. But Ran­bir, with­out any hes­i­ta­tion, talks about his short­com­ings, and how he plans to tackle them. “I don’t have a drink­ing ad­dic­tion but yes I have a ten­dency to drink a lot. When I start, I don’t stop. I guess it’s in my blood; you know how my

“Stay­ing healthy is some­thing I adapt from my so mother. She is par­tic­u­lar about it, and al­ways en­cour­ages both my sis­ter and me to fol­low a healthy life­style.”

fam­ily is (starts laugh­ing)… They are all very fond of al­co­hol. So, yes, it’s in my genes to drink.” And on that very hon­est note, Ran­bir ran for his next shot… Back af­ter the per­fect take… “But I don’t think drink­ing has ever caused a prob­lem for me in build­ing my mus­cles. And frankly, I am not that pas­sion­ate about build­ing abs or mus­cles. But it’s an oc­cu­pa­tional hazard to­day. I just like to be fit by play­ing a sport. “Also, I be­lieve in hav­ing the body of the char­ac­ter I am in, and not a ‘hero’s body’. Hav­ing said that, it’s very im­por­tant

“I have my own foot­ball team in Mum­bai City Foot­ball Club and I am a player my­self. I love play­ing foot­ball, and try and play at least twice a week.”

to un­der­stand that al­co­hol is one of the worst things in the world. When I am work­ing, I never drink. But once I have a lot of free time, I start hang­ing out with my friends and tend to drink and smoke. It is a habit and I am try­ing to stay away from it as much as pos­si­ble. And I am im­prov­ing too.”

EMO­TIONAL HEALTH

Be it get­ting into the char­ac­ter he is play­ing or fac­ing the pa­parazzi, be­ing a Bol­ly­wood star takes a toll on one’s men­tal as well as phys­i­cal health. We asked him how he han­dles the men­tal pres­sures of be­ing a star, where you are con­tin­u­ously sur­rounded by ru­mours, gos­sips that fake news… “I have been a very de­tached per­son since birth, and that has helped me a lot in my line of work be­cause I never get too at­tached to any­thing or any­one. I am away from so­cial me­dia, and have my own life which is very pri­vate. I un­der­stand that there are things con­stantly writ­ten about me, some good and some bad. But what’s hon­est is the work you do, which I feel is out there for peo­ple to judge, and noth­ing else. “I also be­lieve that be­ing phys­i­cally fit keeps you men­tally healthy too, and for that I play a lot of foot­ball. I feel learn­ing a sport and be­ing pas­sion­ate about it is al­ways on the top of my list.”

“I don’t have a drink­ing ad­dic­tion but yes I have a ten­dency to drink a lot. When I start, I I don’t stop. But am im­prov­ing.”

FOOT­BALL, TRAVEL & MORE MOVIES…

“I have my own foot­ball team in Mum­bai City Foot­ball Club and I am a player my­self. I love play­ing foot­ball, and try and play at least twice a week. “I want to travel too, and cur­rently, I am try­ing to make a week­end house some­where near Mum­bai. “But all that apart, movies are in the fore­front of every­thing for me right now. I am still learn­ing, and ner­vous be­fore ev­ery shot. And I am al­ways like this be­cause I know the day I get con­tent or cock­sure about my­self, I will have a re­ally big fall.”

On the sets of ‘Sanju’ with direc­tor Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani

In ‘Sanju’

With trainer Ku­nal Gir

With mom Neetu Kapoor

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