Yoga is true power to live life in a healthy way, celebrities in Bollywood have made yoga in their workout regime. Although many superstars personalities like Lara Dutta, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Shilpa Shetty, Kangana Ranaut, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan and may more has bounced the spring of faintness through Yoga Asanas as the good alternative to gym training.
Now junior Deol, Abhay Deol is wielding Yoga as living life weapon for healthy good being. Abhay Deol is never stuck with the stereotype image in his heroic role. Now the actor is warming up his soul with “Surya Namaskar” as a warm-up before cardio, weight training, and even aerobics. The effect impressed a fashion photographer to reel off some impromptu clicks at Cognac in France recently.
“I’m no expert. I learned the primaries when in school and college and started infusing yoga into my routine when in my early 30s. My commitment to yoga has been off and on but over the last month I’ve been doing a lot of it,” informs Abhay.
He admits that yoga is a living science for healthy well being but never promises a weight loss and muscle building as the gym workout does. “The pressure to look a certain way for certain kind of roles is intense because that’s the USP of the posters. My focus has been on lean and active as opposed to the current trend of six-packs, but I’ve not played a character that requires me to look muscular,” he avers.
He agrees that building a physique is a choice you make and is all about discipline, diet, lifestyle and hardcore gym routines. “You can infuse yoga into these routines to stretch out the muscles but you might need to take the help of stimulants to get the desired pack,” he acknowledges.
“I’d never endanger myself that way knowing the impact it can have on your liver and kidneys. The only time I lost a lot of weight was for Dev D through jogging and dieting. I hardly ate and ran a lot, but I don’t think I could ever go the distance like Mathew McConaughey who lost almost a quarter of his body weight for Dallas Buyers Club, the story of an AIDS sufferer.”
“Tough guys need to be strong, but for me, my tayaji (Dharmendra) is the original He-Man. He was an active sportsman and worked out too but did not have the kind of routine we have today or access to diets and substances. Punjabi food gave him the mass he needed. It wasn’t a defined six-pack yet looked good on screen. Today, we are over-the-top in our perception of the tough guy. Well if that’s what it takes to be a hero, so be it!” he quips tongue-in-cheek.
Meanwhile, after Happy Bhag Jayegi, Abhay Deol is getting more happy scripts in Bollywood and hopes the films will be announced soon on an official trait. He admires dark dramatic comedies with cinematic experiments in countries like Mexico and Iran “But they are not conducive to our cinema right now so the effort is to find something new and then look for something fresh in it. A well-rounded story,” he smiles.
There’s talk of a Happy sequel but he insists Aanand L Rai hasn’t spoken to him on this yet. Maybe if he gave his nod, Rai would start writing Happy Bhag Jayegi 2? “My nod would be to simply bow my head and say, ‘Yes sir,'” he signs off with a chuckle.