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If there’s one man in filmdom today you really don’t want to challenge to a fist fight, it’s Vidyut Jammwal. He matched John Abraham muscle-for-muscle in Force and God knows that’s a tall order for anyone! This year, he’s made his mark with Commando and now, with Bullett Raja set for a year-end release, Vidyut is gearing up for more dishoom-dishoom at the box office. He’s been practicing martial arts since he was old enough to read and when he isn’t playing an action hero in the movies, Vidyut jets off to exotic locales like Argentina and China to climb mountains and workout with monks.

It’s hard to look at Indian cinema’s hottest new action hero and not think about his serious six-pack abs. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or a weak-kneed woman, Vidyut Jammwal is a sight for sore eyes. “Feed the hunger not the eyes,” he tells me, in this exclusive interview for LIVEINSTYLE.COM [he’s talking about food!], and the irony of the statement makes me laugh. There’s a smattering of shared laughter that follows, as Vidyut talks fitness tips and pick-up lines with me. Read on for more…

Looking back, can you recall a time when you were skinny?

In my teenage years, I was quite lean. But even with a lean frame, I was always fit.

If a man wanted to start working out today, what kind of workout would you recommend for him?

The best way to kick-start working out is by running. It helps stimulate circulation and increase heart rate, and subsequently your BMR [basal metabolic rate]. Once there is a certain level of stability that the body gets with running and sprinting, you can progress to functional and weight training — but all under guidance. Another very worthwhile option is to consider enrolling in a beginner’s level martial arts course and progress with the levels.

Debunk one fitness myth…

Having a six-pack but not being at an optimum fitness level means nothing. It’s not about short-term goals, but about a life-long commitment to holistic fitness.

What’s your take on crash diets, protein shakes and eating tons of eggs — all the things that novices tend to associate with weight loss or bulking up?

To be fair, everyone’s bodies respond differently to different kinds of food intake… so I can’t really have a take as such. You need to start paying attention to how your body reacts to the food you eat and decide on your diet basis that. But, whatever you eat needs to be in moderation. Feed the hunger not the eyes.

What’s the one thing you would never eat, even if you were very, very hungry?

[Laughs] There’s no such thing. I eat practically everything — as long as it’s vegetarian.

Do bulging biceps give you confidence?

When in your twenties, they do [laughs]… but as you grow older and make your workouts a part of who you are, it helps if you approach fitness at a more intrinsic level.

Have you ever used a pick-up line on a beautiful woman or had one used on you?

I don’t think it would be a pick-up line per se but I was recently addressed as “Mr. Apple Bottom” by a girl. [Laughs] I have to admit that it was a bit embarrassing!

What’s your one metrosexual indulgence?

I’m a spa enthusiast and enjoy my frequent massages.

Name an Indian actress you would love to see in an action film, a la Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Freida Pinto.

If you were stuck on a deserted island with the last woman in the world, who would you want it to be?

[Laughs] Honestly, I don’t think I’d ever be stuck. Before anyone could utter the word “stuck,” I’d have figured a way back!

Photos by: Haider Khan

Article by: Sonali Velinker Kamat

Get up close and personal with Vidyut Jammwal

Sonali Velinker Kamat
If there’s one man in filmdom today you really don’t want to challenge to a fist fight, it’s Vidyut Jammwal. He matched John Abraham muscle-for-muscle in Force and God knows that’s a tall order for anyone! This year, he’s made his mark with Commando and now, with Bullett Raja set for a year-end release, Vidyut is gearing up for more dishoom-dishoom at the box office. He’s been practicing martial arts since he was old enough to read and when he isn’t playing an action hero in the movies, Vidyut jets off to exotic locales like Argentina and China to climb mountains and workout with monks.

It’s hard to look at Indian cinema’s hottest new action hero and not think about his serious six-pack abs. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or a weak-kneed woman, Vidyut Jammwal is a sight for sore eyes. “Feed the hunger not the eyes,” he tells me, in this exclusive interview for LIVEINSTYLE.COM [he’s talking about food!], and the irony of the statement makes me laugh. There’s a smattering of shared laughter that follows, as Vidyut talks fitness tips and pick-up lines with me. Read on for more…

Looking back, can you recall a time when you were skinny?

In my teenage years, I was quite lean. But even with a lean frame, I was always fit.

If a man wanted to start working out today, what kind of workout would you recommend for him?

The best way to kick-start working out is by running. It helps stimulate circulation and increase heart rate, and subsequently your BMR [basal metabolic rate]. Once there is a certain level of stability that the body gets with running and sprinting, you can progress to functional and weight training — but all under guidance. Another very worthwhile option is to consider enrolling in a beginner’s level martial arts course and progress with the levels.

Debunk one fitness myth…

Having a six-pack but not being at an optimum fitness level means nothing. It’s not about short-term goals, but about a life-long commitment to holistic fitness.

What’s your take on crash diets, protein shakes and eating tons of eggs — all the things that novices tend to associate with weight loss or bulking up?

To be fair, everyone’s bodies respond differently to different kinds of food intake… so I can’t really have a take as such. You need to start paying attention to how your body reacts to the food you eat and decide on your diet basis that. But, whatever you eat needs to be in moderation. Feed the hunger not the eyes.

What’s the one thing you would never eat, even if you were very, very hungry?

[Laughs] There’s no such thing. I eat practically everything — as long as it’s vegetarian.

Do bulging biceps give you confidence?

When in your twenties, they do [laughs]… but as you grow older and make your workouts a part of who you are, it helps if you approach fitness at a more intrinsic level.

Have you ever used a pick-up line on a beautiful woman or had one used on you?

I don’t think it would be a pick-up line per se but I was recently addressed as “Mr. Apple Bottom” by a girl. [Laughs] I have to admit that it was a bit embarrassing!

What’s your one metrosexual indulgence?

I’m a spa enthusiast and enjoy my frequent massages.

Name an Indian actress you would love to see in an action film, a la Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Freida Pinto.

If you were stuck on a deserted island with the last woman in the world, who would you want it to be?

[Laughs] Honestly, I don’t think I’d ever be stuck. Before anyone could utter the word “stuck,” I’d have figured a way back!

Photos by: Haider Khan

Article by: Sonali Velinker Kamat

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