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Shahid Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor, who reveals his chiselled body in his next film, has advice for fitness enthusiasts

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 29, 2009)

If 2007 was Shah Rukh Khan’s year to show off his newly-acquired six-pack in Om Shanti Om and 2008 Aamir Khan’s to reveal what an eight-pack looks like in Ghajini, then 2010 is going to be Shahid Kapoor’s year for possessing Bollywood’s most finel-chiselled body in recent times. Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan, of course, are the all-time Gods of The Body… but nudging them for a place on the pedestal is Shahid whose amazing physique is in ripping display in a song in UTV Motion Pictures’ Chance Pe Dance that releases on January 15, 2010.
Shahid, who is proud of his body, says, “I won’t recommend that guys try to maintain a six-pack or a eight-pack all through the year… because it is tough, believe me.’’ However, building the eight-pack was a challenge he loved. “I’m inherently drawn to fitness. For me working out is a lifestyle. When Vishal Bharadwaj suggested that I get a tough look for Kaminey and Ken Ghosh said I should try and get eight-pack abs for a song in Chance Pe Dance, I had a goal to work towards. Of course, Kaminey is different from Chance Pe Dance so I have a different body-type is both films.’’
What is amazing is how the disciplined actor, who is a vegetarian, took on the extraordinary task of building his dream body.
For a year, Shahid altered his lifestyle completely. First he went completely low on sugar and gradually introduced himself to slowacting carbohydrates. Oats and brown rice became a regular at his dining table. And he ate his six meals a day at intervals of two-and a-half hours, religiously. “I also worked out extensively, despite gruelling shooting schedules, even it meant hitting the gym at 2 am,’’ reveals the actor of his fitness fundas. His high-intensity workout was a combination of parkour and weights, plus cardio-circuit training.
The actor, who works on changing his physicality for almost every film that he undertakes, has a word of advice to wannabe bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts: “Maintaining a sixpack is tough. Instead, follow a regular fitness regime and make sure you stay in shape, rather than aim for a six-pack. The sacrifices required to make a body like the one I have in Chance Pe Dance are immense. I would rather eat healthy and stay fit than try to flaunt a dream body all the time.’’
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