These days, actors don’t just focus on rehearsing their lines and honing their acting skills. Appearances play an equally important role, too, on the big screen. That explains why many actors are going the extra mile to look good for every role they take up. The latest person on the list is Kunal Kapoor, who is known for his muscular looks. He recently had to shed almost nine kilos for his upcoming movie.
"When Nila Madhab Panda (the director) met Kunal to discuss the film, he had asked him if he could get skinnier to get into character as far as the look of the protagonist is concerned," says an insider. Kunal readily agreed to do so.
When contacted, Kunal says, "You know, my metabolism is faster than Usain Bolt (sprinter), so losing the kilos is always easier than gaining weight for me. Bulking up is something that is actually challenging."
The actor says the director wanted him to look more like a boy-next-door. To achieve the result, Kunal re-jigged his work-out regimen. "I stopped weight training, and increased my cardio workouts and lowered the carbs in my diet. I ended up losing about nine kg in three months," he says. Watch: Kunal Kapoor in Kaun Kitne Paani Mein
But after the shoot ended, he started working out again. He says, "Now that the film is over, I have been hitting the weights again. My workouts are a combination of weight training and martial arts. I have been training hard, and I am in the best shape of my life."Read: I'm a lot happier now after marriage, says Kunal Kapoor