Shahid Kapoor reveals how he underwent a major physical transformation for Kabir Singh

Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor has revealed that he had to both lose and gain weight for his upcoming film Kabir Singh that will hit theatres on June 21. In one part of the film, Shahid is seen playing a drunk man, who is shattered after his bitter break-up with his girlfriend Preeti (Kiara Advani). The film also shows a happy phase in Kabir’s life, where he is seen as a regular college student who has just begun his new relationship. To get both of these looks right, Shahid had to gain eight kilos and then lose 14 kilos.

Talking about the weight transformation Shahid said in an interview, “It’s always character before your personal life. The team decided to first shoot the portions that saw me out of shape. The character goes through an emotional phase; he is self-destructive and doesn’t care about how he looks. Actors are used to [looking] their best, at all times. But, here, I had to look as disinterested as I could about the way I appeared. Hence, we took the decision to grow the hair and beard. They took about two-and-a-half months to grow out, and during this phase I worked with my trainer Samir Jaura on drafting a plan and achieving the [hefty] look. If you sit down and make a plan, there’s a smart way of (gaining weight),” he said.

For the second part, where Shahid had to lose weight, he kept an undeterred focus on his diet. He said, “I wanted to look boyish for the younger portions to play a medical student. I didn’t want a perfect body; one that was manicured or chiselled because that’s not how college-going boys look. Seventy-five per cent of what you eat depends on your diet. I don’t drink alcohol and am a vegetarian. Generally, I live a healthy lifestyle. To lose weight, I needed to severely cut the calories I consumed, and train harder. Even though we were training, the look was achieved more via the diet; not so much in the gym. We had two months to lose the weight. I didn’t want to rush into anything since that is not healthy.” Kabir Singh is all set to hit theatres on June 21st. The film stars Kiara Advani and is an official remake of Telugu hit Arjun Reddy.

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