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The six-pack syndrome

The actor talks about the pressure of staying in shape...

entertainment Updated: Apr 25, 2012 13:14 IST

Lights camera action...should be the words motivating an actor, but nowadays, it’s no pain no gain, diets and innumerable crunches. Starving before a bare-body shot. All this, but for what? Where are those days when an actor relied on just talent and not abs to do a film — from Amitji to Al Pacino.

Without having pumped up bodies, they looked convincing when they pulled an air-craft down with a rope or slammed the Columbian mafia. Then came along a generation, who changed their bodies to mould their personalities. It’s good to be healthy and fit. No doubt, a lot of awareness was created, but please don’t make it a qualification.

I love my food, and I would love to get fat for a part, or skinny, or ripped. Metamorphosis is an actor’s calling, not getting stereotyped — his challenge. If rules are meant to be broken, then this one has to go.

First Published: Apr 24, 2012 17:32 IST