Anushka Sharma has one of the hottest and fittest bodies in Bollywood . Correspondent Sreya Basu catches up with the actor on fitness at the launch of a Women’s Health magazine in Mumbai
What goes into being super fit and super sexy?
Super fit is eating right, exercising, following some amount of discipline as far as your means and your work outs are concerned; and super sexy is just a state of mind…feeling sexy and being sexy is a state of mind. If you feel sexy in your head, you look sexy.
What’s your fitness regime?
I have a very, very naturally tall and lean body structure. So, honestly I don’t have to try it too hard to be fit. I have to do very heavy weight-training because cardio is not my form of exercise. I have a very high metabolic range. So I have to take a lot of carbs and macrobolic proteins. I work out about 5-6 times a week.
Have you stopped eating sweets to maintain your lean look?
I never really like sweets. I never had a sweet tooth ever. The only indulgence I have is bread and I love butter.
Are you into dieting?
(Laughs) I get hungry often…in every two hours. So I have to eat constantly. In the night, when I indulge in mid-night snacking, I don’t have to go to the kitchen…the food is always next to my bed. I know it’s not a very healthy thing, but when you are watching TV at night, it’s always nice to have something to munch on. I don’t have weight issues, so no one can threaten me of weight gain also.
How taxing it is to gain or lose weight for different roles?
As an actor you have to utilize your body in different ways to make your characters as believable as possible. You know, we are in a very good time when films that are being made and scripts that are being written have certain sense of reality in them. The more real you look on screen, the better your performance is going to be. Look what Aamir Khan has done in so many of his films! In Ghajini, he changed his body completely or even what Hrithik (Roshan) did in Guzaarish or what Vidya (Balan) did (in The Dirty Picture)…that’s the dedication of an actor, It’s not an easy thing to do…it’s not easy to lose or gain so much weight.
Who is the fittest actor in Bollywood?
Ranbir (Kapoor) is very fit, but Akshay Kumar is the fittest actor…really. When he (Akshay) will hold your hand you will know how much strength he has in his fists. Hrithik and John Abraham are also very fit.
And among actresses?
Among actresses, I think Deepika (Padukone), Kangna (Ranaut) and Priyanka (Chopra) are very fit.
What tips will you give for Indian women who don’t fall into size zero category but want to try bikini?
You know, I have seen some girls who don’t have flat stomachs but wearing bikinis and walking so confidently. And I feel like ‘Kya baat hai’…I love it. If you love the way to are looking, then the rest of the world can go to hell.
Item numbers are craze of the day in Bollywood. Would you like to try your hand at them?
Look, I agree that the item numbers which come on TV are very good. But right now, I am not that much interested in doing item songs. I am doing films and want to concentrate on them at the moment.
What are the films you are doing at the moment?
Right now, I am only doing Vishal Bhardwaj's film (Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola) and Yash Chopra’s next which I am really excited about.
How is it working with Vishal?
It feels great working with Vishal Bharadwaj. We just finished a schedule in Rajkot. He really is a genius director. He knows how to use every thing quantatively.
And what about the Yash Chopra’s untitled next?
I have not started shooting for the film yet. I will join the crew May onwards, right after my birthday which is on 1st May. I will start shooting 2nd May onwards.
You are always into adventure sports. Can you remember an incident which scared you the most?
I fell off a jet ski while shooting for Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl and was scared to death. Since then I can’t get on a jet ski ever…it really scares me. But since a kid, I was exposed to adventure sports like horse-riding, a lot of outdoor sports. And one thing I want to try is sky diving…I really have to do it at least once in my life.