Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor has uncovered that he needed to both lose and put on weight for his upcoming film Kabir Singh that will hit theaters on June 21.
Shahid’s Transformation Secrets for Kabir Singh
Addressing Mid-Day in a meeting, the actor uncovered how he managed to put on eight kilos and later lose 14 kilos.
“It’s always character before your personal life. The team decided to first shoot the portions that saw me out of shape. The character goes through an emotional phase; he is self-destructive and doesn’t care about how he looks. Actors are used to [looking] their best, at all times. But, here, I had to look as disinterested as I could about the way I appeared. Hence, we took the decision to grow the hair and beard. They took about two-and-a-half months to grow out, and during this phase I worked with my trainer Samir Jaura on drafting a plan and achieving the [hefty] look. If you sit down and make a plan, there’s a smart way of (gaining weight),” he said.
Shahid additionally uncovered that he lost 14 kilos to look young for the part where he plays a young college boy.
“I wanted to look boyish for the younger portions to play a medical student. I didn’t want a perfect body; one that was manicured or chiselled because that’s not how college-going boys look. Seventy-five per cent of what you eat depends on your diet. I don’t drink alcohol and am a vegetarian. Generally, I live a healthy lifestyle. To lose weight, I needed to severely cut the calories I consumed, and train harder. Even though we were training, the look was achieved more via the diet; not so much in the gym. We had two months to lose the weight. I didn’t want to rush into anything since that is not healthy.”
Shahid’s trainer Samir also told the tabloid that Shahid had limited intake of 1,800 calories. “Transformations like these are conducted under professional guidance. You need to understand the requirement of the look in the film, and the time in hand to achieve it. The hardest part is maintaining a certain look across the shooting schedule because actors [expend a lot of energy while] shoot for 10 hours a day,” he said.
Kabir Singh stars Kiara Advani in the female lead role and is an official remake of Telugu hit Arjun Reddy.