Actors often have to push the envelope to meet the requirements of their on-screen characters. Kunal Kapoor did just that for his role in Veeram. Besides gaining about 12kg, the actor had to train in martial arts as well. But a source reveals that after completing the film’s shooting, the actor continued to train in martial arts such as Kalaripayattu and mixed martial arts, and even visited Japan to grow his skills. “Kunal has always been fascinated by these art forms. He continued to train even after the shoot had been wrapped up. He came across an article about a family of ninja warriors in Japan that have a 400-year history, and visited Tokyo (Japan) and trained with the family when he found the time,” says the source.
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Kunal confirmed the news, and said, “I have always been a huge fan of Japanese culture, having grown up on Manga comics, their movies and food. I’ve wanted to go there for a long time. When I found out about this family, I absolutely had to go there, and the moment I got a break from my schedule, I enrolled myself in the programme. While I was there, we worked on movement, weapons training and a meditative technique known as Ku.”
The actor also visited popular monuments and restaurants while in Tokyo. “The Japanese are lovely people. So humble and disciplined. I am totally enamoured by their culture and would love to go back and train again,” he says.