Farhan Akhtar has not only begun to grow his hair and beard to be ready to play a Sikh athlete in Bhag Milkha Bhag, he has also changed his lifestyle. Every morning he is up early to put in those extra hours of practice for his role as Milkha Singh and says he has to get it right.
“I am playing someone who is iconic. I can’t afford to get it wrong. But the role’s authenticity is what makes it exciting for me. If I can pick roles that can surprise me and the audience, I’ve achieved what I set out to as an actor,” said Farhan.
“Yes, there is a radical change in my lifestyle. I’ve a training session every morning from 6.45 to 8. I wrap up my athletic activities by 9 in the morning. In any case, the film industry is not awake before 9 am. And yeah, late nights are being avoided. Even after the Tom Cruise party on Saturday night I was home by midnight,” he added. The 38-year-old says the morning running regime has transformed his entire lifestyle.
“After running in the morning I feel a lot fitter. I am all charged up, raring to go each morning. A month ago when I was skipping gym to edit Don 2, I felt sluggish. That heavy feeling is gone,” he said.
As for the change in diet, Farhan is avoiding food that I was, in any case, not too fond of. I do have a relatively athletic frame. Playing Olympian sprinter Milkha Singh is proving to be a far bigger challenge for Farhan than he had bargained for.
“At the moment it’s just a morning session. I am being trained by a gentleman named Melvin who trains Central Railway athletes. But as we get closer to the shooting, there would also have to be an evening session with an Olympian trainer,” said the director-actor.