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Shahid Kapoor gets lean for his role in Padmavati 

While Ranveer Singh has been bulking up to play Sultan Alauddin Khilji, his co-star, Kapoor has been cutting down the fat.

Shriram Iyengar

While the stories of Ranveer Singh spending long hours at the gym are doing the rounds, Shahid Kapoor has gone about the other way. Kapoor has reportedly been spending the last six months trying to acquire a lean physical shape for his role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati. 

Kapoor, who plays Deepika Padukone's title character's husband, Raja Rawal Ratan, has been put on a boot camp-like regime since July. Being trained by trainer Samir Jaura, the actor has taken up different systems like functional training, cross fit and training at the beach to get into shape. 

In a recent quote to a tabloid, Jaura said, "The aim was to lose some body fat and gain lean muscle.s He's got a new diet too — four-five portions in a day with broccoli, asparagus, black and brown rice and pulses for protein. " 


Soaking the sun.

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Jaura had previously trained Farhan Akhtar for his role as sprinter Milkha Singh in the biopic, Bhag Milkha Bhaag (2014). The trainer added, "The training and diet plan intensified 40 days before he began shooting in November with him going off salt and sugar for 15 days when close-ups were taken. Now they start the portions of him in royal costumes and since he needs to look bigger, we’ve added more carbs." The effect is certainly visible in Kapoor's Instagram pictures. 


Late nights or early mornings. #sleepless

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For now, Kapoor will be seen in Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon alongside Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan. The film is scheduled to release in theatres on 24 February. Padmavati is expected to release later this year. 

Well, whoever said that looking good is easy?