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Interview Hindi

Salman Khan and I were either shooting, playing sport or training every single day: Angad Bedi


In an exclusive interview to Cinestaan.com, the actor spoke about his Tiger Zinda Hai co-star Khan's daily workout routine and spontaneous acting style.

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After being an integral part of acclaimed hit Pink (2016), actor Angad Bedi is now slated to play an important part in the Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai. 

Bedi is visibly excited for the world to see him in a big ticket franchise film, which is one of the biggest releases of the year. The actor is even more thrilled to have had the chance to observe one of the biggest stars of the country in action.

“I am 30 years old, but Salman bhai has over 30 years of experience. So there is so much to imbibe and learn. And there are millions of people who will go watch this film and those people will also see me. So I am extremely fortunate to be a part of such a mega-budget film that is a part of a franchise,” said Bedi.

Playing a RAW agent, who is on a mission with Tiger, Bedi went through tons of physical training to get into the skin of his character for this sequel to 2012's Ek Tha Tiger.

“Firstly, (I have) never done action before, so technically this is my first action film. Secondly, you prep for every role, and in this one it was more of a physical prep. You have to get into the mindset of a RAW agent. How they are, how they live, what are the mannerisms, what all are they trained for... So, I had to go through that journey for about a month-and-a-half to two months before I went on shoot. How to handles guns, explosives, various technology, diffusing bombs, how do you do it for the camera... say you require to run with the gun or what kind of fitness levels are required, what is body combat — I was put through various training including kickboxing and agility training and making explosives. There was a lot stuff."

With considerable amount of screentime, Bedi shot for a massive 70 days for the film. Once on set, Bedi had to work on a fluid acting style, thanks to his co-star Khan's constant improvisations during a scene.  

“Salman bhai is very spontaneous. He is an instinctive actor. Whatever written lines are given to him, he adds life to them. So you are on your toes. And that is a great thing. He has a writer’s mind, obviously coming from his father (film writer Salim Khan). There are a lot of scenes that we improvised upon, which the other day I went and dubbed for, and they are looking very good. He is an extremely spontaneous person so you have to be like water when you work with him. You can't prepare or over-prepare. For some films, too much preparation for a role can also go against you because you are working with a co-actor who is only spontaneous. So you have to find a middle ground,” says Bedi. 

Shooting scenes, though, was not the only highlight for Bedi, as he got to watch Khan's daily workout routine quite closely. Bedi, also got to spend a lot of time with Khan off the set, bonding with him and working out together.  

"For me, just the fact that you get to spend so much time knowing a person, who is behind the stardom. These are moments I will always cherish," said Bedi. 

"If I am 30-plus, he has been in the industry for 30 years. It’s experience over age. He is an actor, a megastar, but not many people realise that he is also a sports personality. He grew up on cricket, table tennis, cycling and many other sports. So fitness has been a way of life for him. He has the best understanding as far as how a human body changes, how you can bring your fitness levels up, the difference between being endurance fit and muscle fit. He has a scientific knowledge regarding these things. So that was one area we bonded on and cricket too," he says. 

Bedi also accompanied Khan to sessions of volleyball and tennis, and doing muscle training.

"We played a lot of volleyball, tennis on set. He is very old school as far as sports is concerned. In 50 degree heat it's not easy. If he wanted to jog in the afternoon, he made sure we went on a run. After pack-up he wanted to have a session of sports, so he would work out twice a day. He had put up a gym on set. Whole day either we were shooting or playing sport or training."

Directed by Abbas Ali Zafar, Tiger Zinda Hai will be released on 22 December.