Getting the right look, especially when playing a real-life character on screen, is of prime importance for actors. From Farhan Akhtar for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) to Priyanka Chopra for Mary Kom (2014), most undergo rigorous workout routines and even dietary changes to make the portrayal look more believable. The latest one to join the bandwagon is Emraan Hashmi, who will be playing former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin in his next.
A source close to the actor says, "Emraan had already been practising with Azharuddin to get the batting style right. In the meantime, he was also shooting for his other film with Vidya Balan and Mohit Suri, for which, he had to put on weight. For the ex-cricketer’s biopic, the actor had to sport a lean frame, so to lose weight, he hit the gym. But what he really needed was an athletic body. So, Emraan gave up on weight training and has taken up running. He runs for about 6 km, twice a day."
Giving details of the actor’s exercise routine, Emraan’s trainer, Praveen Tokas, informs that Emraan is also undergoing strength conditioning to make his core strong and to increase his agility. "We are extensively using Plyometrics for his training to increase his speed and power. We are also concentrating on his starting strength and acceleration, which are required for an athlete," says Praveen, adding that he is even monitoring the actor’s diet, trying to keep the carbohydrate intake within 1,900 calories per day.
When contacted, Emraan confirmed the story.