Ranbir Kapoor becomes desi Robin Hood, one rep at a time

Shamshera director and coach decode Ranbir’s prep as actor constructed athletic body, six-pack abs to painting noble dacoit taking over British Raj

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Distinct as his roles could have been, Ranbir Kapoor has by no means performed a larger-than-life character thus far. Shamshera is an exception in that regard. Director Karan Malhotra’s interval drama sees him as a spirited dacoit, who loots the British Raj’s allies, thus protesting towards slavery. In maintaining with the character, Kapoor needed to undertake a ripped physique for the film. Eight weeks earlier than the challenge rolled in late 2019, coach Kunal Gir started working with the actor to assist him attain the purpose. “The goal was to make RK look athletic, not too cumbersome as his character was like Robin Hood. We needed to retain the character’s rustic and uncooked attraction,” says Gir, who put Kapoor on a five-meal plan. “It was a high-protein, low-carb weight loss plan, and he was allowed a cheat meal solely as soon as a week.” Also Read: Vaani Kapoor reveals her horse-riding expertise in ‘Shamshera’Karan Malhotra
The actor’s health regime was modified to give attention to his core energy, earlier than constructing his six-pack abs. “We educated 5 days a week, every session was an hour-long, adopted by a five-minute high-intensity cardio session referred to as ‘truck’. It concerned the treadmill being turned off, whereas RK would maintain the handles of the machine and drive the belt together with his legs.” Though the pandemic briefly put the brakes on the challenge, the actor resumed the routine as quickly as filming recommenced.   
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In the July 22 launch, Kapoor’s character is pitted towards the cruel Shuddh Singh, essayed by Sanjay Dutt. The director notes that the main man, who performs a double position, needed to construct a highly effective body to face shoulder-to-shoulder with Dutt. “Ranbir has labored arduous for the roles of Shamshera and Balli. The concept got here from the truth that I wished the audiences to really feel his inner energy each time they noticed him on display screen. So, I [nudged] Ranbir in direction of constructing a physique that added extra energy to his characters. The intention was by no means for his physique to be a distraction, however to be an asset to his characters,” he says. 
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