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6-pack-ing a punch

entertainment Updated: May 29, 2009 17:32 IST
Rahul Sabharwal

He may confess to being too self-conscious to take off his shirt on-screen at one point of time, but the new ‘lean and mean’ Tusshar Kapoor confidently states that thanks to his newly acquired physique, he’s not shy of giving the audience a peek anymore. The actor, who is the latest one to join the abs brigade, emphasises that he never really set out with the aim of getting 6-packs in the first place.

“I never aimed for a six pack. I just wanted to get as fit as possible. And all the credit [goes] to my trainer,” he says, adding, “I work out for an hour everyday, five days a week — each day on a different body part. On the remaining two days, I do cardio. My diet is higher on the protein side. Before the workout, I have a pre-workout meal — energiser with nuts. Afterwards, I have whey protein. My lunch involves chicken, eggs or fish along with one roti and salad.”

The actor, who features in the latest edition of Men’s Health magazine, says his dad Jitendra is following his example. “I’m his inspiration, he’s started working out because of me.”

Looking forward to his next film Life Partner, the actor says Prachi Desai, who stars opposite him, was initially “uptight”. “She was very uptight about lovemaking scenes. The director wanted more chemistry.

Initially, she was like, ‘I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to do that.’ But later, it turned out okay.”

The actor also talks about the reason he refused to appear as a guest on the show Comedy Circus. “They did some skits involving our family and the judges seemed to enjoy it. I didn’t want to be part of such a show. As for the future, he promises, “I will be revealing a lot more of my physique. I’m not so conscious anymore because I’m fit.”