When Prabhu Dheva wanted a ‘raw and rugged’ Shahid for his film, the actor's veg diet posed a small challenge.
There is a lot riding on Shahid Kapoor’s upcoming releases – Phataa Poster Nikla Hero and Rambo Rajkumar. Especially the latter, which is directed by Prabhu Dheva, who has managed to revive many a sagging Bollywood career.
An action-packed commercial film, Rambu Rajkumar sees Shahid revive his lucky Kaminey look — remember that shot in which he raced with galloping horses?
The actor reportedly underwent a rigorous training for almost six months to master the build of a street-smart rogue.
The idea was to make him look like a desi Stallone, say sources, as Shahid plays a local gangster who considers Rambo his role model. Prabhu Dheva’s brief to Shahid’s trainer: 'Make him look raw but not overly chiselled.’
The makers wanted to avoid the usual six-packs, that appear more cosmetically enhanced than something meticulously constructed. And Shahid trained in Mixed Martial Arts and Parkour to attain the required flexibility.
When Mirror contacted Shahid’s trainer Abbas Ali, he admitted it was quite a challenge: “The biggest limitation was that Shahid is a vegetarian. I had to customise a diet in such a way that he gets the desired look, with a lot more focus on the regular dal, subzi, cottage cheese, brown rice, salad and yoghurt.”
Not just that, the actor who was shooting in Panchgani was required to start his day at 5 in the morning, followed by an intensive 90-minute workout session, after which he would drive to the location which was about two hours away from where the crew was put up.
After finishing the day’s shoot, the actor would return to the hotel, and head straight to the gym, sweating out till 11 in the night. Since the cast was shooting in remote areas, there was absolutely no access to a well-equipped gym.
To sort out this logistical problem, Prabhu Dheva ensured that whatever equipment was required by the trainer — from Olympic plates to dumbbells — was carried over in a separate van.
But where exactly was the makeshift gym created? “We converted the wedding halls and conference rooms of the local hotels as they didn’t have any gym area. Shahid is such a flexible guy, he can even work out in a bus-stop; he had no reservations at all,” says Abbas.
After every shot, the actor took a 15-minute break to cool down, as a continuous action scene meant a severe ligament tear or a bad muscle strain. But despite these measures, the actor ended up injuring his chin, which left him out of function for almost three days. “But he is extremely motivated.
Even when he is not required, he comes to the gym by instinct. It’s a part of his system,” says an impressed Abbas. Rambo Rajkumar, shot extensively in Panchgani, Satara and Wai is expected to release in September and also features Sonakshi Sinha in a leading role.
He already has hordes of fans (especially women), but two of his contemporaries — Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh — may just be the most memorable ones of the lot for actor Shahid Kapoor.
While shooting for their film, Gunday, in Wathar, Maharashtra, Ranveer and Arjun decided to play a prank on Shahid, who was shooting in the same stretch for Prabhudheva’s Rambo Rajkumar. The latter was shooting on top of a truck. An insider from the Gunday unit recalls, “We had packed up a little late, so Ranveer and Arjun had their make-up on while heading back to the hotel. They were covered in soot, coal and mud from head to toe. When they were passing by the spot where Shahid was shooting, they thought of the prank.”
The actors decided to surprise Shahid by hanging out of their car’s windows, pretending to be fans. “They started yelling and saying things like, ‘Aye hero, idhar dekh’ and ‘Shahid, oh my God, I love you’,” adds the insider.
At first, Shahid, Prabhudheva and their entire unit were stunned on two strange-looking men covered in coal shouting loudly. “But once they realised the men were Arjun and Ranveer, they all had a hearty laugh together,”adds the insider.
Apparently, all three actors were also put up in the same hotel and they bonded at the gym after their shoot. They even had dinner together that night. We tried to reach them for a comment, but they remained unavailable.
Now buzz is that Pankaj Kapur and Shahid are all set to appear in a film together.
While Kapur has already worked with Shahid before, directing his son in Mausam, this will be the first time the two will share screen space.
Insiders say that Rajkumar Santoshi, who is currently directing Shahid in another project, will be helming the father-son duo film. With it, Santoshi will be reviving his long-cherished dream of making a film on Asghar Wajahat’s play Jis Lahore Nahin Dekhya Woh Jamiya Nahin.
Incidentally, sources say that the director had wanted to initially cast Sanjay Dutt in the lead role, when he first thought of making this film five years ago.
Our source says, “Santoshi has always wanted to make this film. He had even planned to make a huge set of Lahore city at Hyderabad’s Ramoji Rao studios but the film got stuck for some reason that time. He has now apparently spoken to both Shahid and Pankaj for the film.”
Our SMSes sent to Shahid, Kapur and Santoshi went unanswered.
Salman Khan will share screen space with Shahid Kapoor for the first time in Rajkumar Santoshi’s upcoming film, Phata Poster Nikla Hero.
The Dabangg (2010) star will be seen in a special appearance in the movie, in which Shahid plays the role of a police officer. “They shot for the scene together over the last weekend at a suburban studio. The shoot lasted for six hours or so,” reveals a source close to the production house.
However, details of Khan’s role are being kept under wraps. “Rajkumar wants it to be a surprise for the audience. So, no one, apart from the actors involved in the scene, is aware of what his role is.”
Apparently, after Salman finished shooting his portion, he stayed back on the sets for the rest of the day. The source adds, “He and Rajkumar are really close friends, so he was catching up with him. In fact, he even spent a few hours bonding with Shahid. They were seen chit-chatting for quite some time after the shoot.” The film’s female lead, Ileana D’Cruz, will not be part of the scene.
While most of the film’s shooting has been finished, an insider says that they have another month’s work left to complete. When contacted, Shahid’s spokesperson confirms the news, saying, “Yes, Shahid and Salman shot together a few days ago.”
The fire accident on the sets of Prabhudheva's Rambo Rajkumar earlier this week here was not as minor as it is being made out to be. Shahid Kapoor is said to have got burn injuries on his back and hand, and he would need some time to recover fully. "We were shooting a fire sequence when the chemical used to create the fire went awry. It singed Shahid's shoulder and hand. It could've been worse. Thankfully nothing serious happened," said a source close to the film.
Meanwhile, the stunts in Rambo Rajkumar are getting more and more dare-devilish as Prabhudheva wants them to be one-up on what Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar did in Wanted and Rowdy Rathore, respectively.
"When Shahid decided to do his first action film, he had to make sure the stunts were of the never-before variety. That's why he waited so long to do an action film and even opted out of his friend Siddharth Anand's Bang Bang," said the source.
It is little known that Bang Bang was a project that was planned with Shahid.
The source said: "But then somewhere down the line Shahid preferred Prabhu's project as his first attempt at the action genre. Bang Bang is a remake of a Tom Cruise actioner Knight and Day and Shahid didn't want his stunts to be compared with Cruise. Rambo Rajkumar is an original."
When contacted, Prabhudheva refrained from commenting on the injury, but he mentioned that he's taking a break with his two sons.
"We're going to Australia for a holiday. During my vacation with my kids, I'll also unveil the first look of Girish Taurani's debut film Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya," he said.
Actor Shahid Kapoor, who has been shooting hardcore action sequences for Prabhudheva's 'Rambo Rajkumar', managed to escape a serious injury.
It happened on Friday when the 32-year-old was shooting at Kamalistan Studio for a scene where he has to enter a burning house.
He finished his shot and was stepping out of the burning house, when some hot chemical solution dripped on to his back and arms.
"The fire is created artificially through a chemical solution... The solution fell on his back and forearms. The solution was hot and it immediately burnt holes in Shahid's t-shirt. He half sprinted while removing his t-shirt," said a source.
The actor has got some burn marks. He later visited a dermatologist to ensure the wounds heal quickly.
Shahid Kapoor seems to be soaking up the sun this season. One look at the actor and you can’t help but notice many changes in his look. He now, for instance, sports stubble and has even gone a few shades darker. As we try to dig a little deeper to find the reason behind this, a source close to the actor reveals. “The new stubble and tan has given him a rugged look, which is required for his role in his next film, Prabhudheva's Rambo Rajkumar”.
The source adds, “Rambo Rajkumar is an action packed film and Shahid has been doing heavy action sequences. He has also gained muscle weight for the same.” Shahid’s look has got him much praise from within the industry, and the actor himself has become comfortable with it now. “It’s really different from how he looks usually, which is interesting. People have told him that as well. So now he’s started liking it too,” says the source. On being contacted, Shahid’s spokesperson confirms the news.
Rambo Rajkumar also stars Sonakshi Sinha. Although not much is known about the storline, the film’s flavour is believed to be close in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey (2009).
Shahid Kapoor has competition in the form of Sonu Sood. Though he is pretty much playing the part of RAMBO RAJKUMAR in the namesake film, Shahid has an adversary in the form of Sonu Sood, who brings in another angle to this love story.
'There is an interesting twist brought to the proceedings with Sonu falling for Sonakshi Sinha. The film is a quintessential 'masala' affair where there is a hero, a heroine and then another man falling in love for a heroine. You may term this as a villain angle but from his point of view, he is a hero no less. It is the tussle that twists around this love story that forms a major conflict in this action pot-boiler,' informs a source attached to the film.
Apparently Prabhudheva, the film's director, wanted to present Sonu in a different light after roping him in as a simpleton in his next release RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA.
'Prabhudheva has presented Sonu in a very stylish manner. Yes, he has grey shades but then every time he appears on screen, he makes the narrative all the more entertaining,' adds a source.
When contacted, Sonu was expectedly mum on his part in the film. However he did add that the film would show him in a different light altogether, especially since it would arrive after the release of SHOOTOUT AT WADALA and RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA.
'In fact recently in a Telugu film I also did comedy while in another film down South, BHAI, I am playing a foreign based negative lead of being a gangster. I am enjoying these times when I am flipping between out and out positive, negative and grey roles,' says Sonu.
Though RAMBO RAJKUMAR, a co-production of Eros International and Next Gen Films Production, is still over six months away, the wait has begun.
Even though Shahid Kapoor has been busy with his upcoming project Rambo Rajkumar, he took time out to take his pet dog Kaizer to a local vet. The actor and pooch were spotted at the clinic, where Kaizer was being treated for a low blood count.
Though the matter was resolved temporarily and Shahid returned to sets, we hear that unfortunately Kaizer passed away. Further it has been learnt that Kapoor had apparently left the shoot in Wai to make it back to the city for the pooch's last rites.
Bollywood Hungama sends out its condolences to Shahid in such a sad hour, knowing how attached he was to Kaizer.
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