Hyderabad: Like every actor who has a story behind his six-pack abs, Naga Shaurya, too, has one. To get that shredded six-pack look, he went through a strict disciplined workout.
Anything for the role
Sometimes, he didn’t even have water when he was shooting for the film ‘Lakshya’. “It could be life-threatening for some people. Actors do take such risks to impress the audiences. I didn’t have water for four consecutive days during the shoot and two days for the photo shoot. And another three days for another sequence. A total of nine days. So, it takes a heavy toll on your health,” shares Shaurya.
But then, what about the threat of dehydration? “Yes, that risk would always be there. But, muscles of the abdomen show up only if the body gets dried up. Audiences know how Parthu has changed. To bring that look to portray how the protagonist got transformed, actors do it. Many stars like Ram Charan, Jr NTR, and Allu Arjun do it too,” he adds.
‘Sye’, a game changer
Soon after the success of ‘Varudu Kavalenu’, Shaurya is happy about seeing himself on-screen with a different story. “Just listening to the script, an actor would go into an imaginary world. That’s how I felt while listening to director Santhossh Jagarlapudi. The script would give high-voltage power. SS Rajamouli’s sports romantic drama ‘Sye’ is a big inspiration to me. Bringing a game of Rugby that the majority of people aren’t aware of, ‘Sye’ changed the dynamics of how sports dramas are told on-screen,” he says.
Elaborating further, Shaurya adds, “Archery might seem a simple sport but it’s very complicated to learn for any beginner. It needs utmost discipline and focus to make a career out of it. To pull an arrow weighing 35 kg to aim a target, one needs mental and physical strength. Even from ancient times, it is imparted as ‘vilu vidya’, which is part of the academic curriculum.”
Shaurya feels sharing screen space with senior stars like Jagapathi Babu and Sachin Khedekar is a “great honour”. “These two big, versatile actors can pull off any character with ease. Sharing some fine moments with them on sets was really a great pleasure. At the same time, their appearance on the film sets gives a lot of inspiration to young actors,” he adds.
The ‘Varudu Kavalenu’ actor says ‘Lakhsya’ is a mixed bag of many ingredients. “There could be no story without emotion. We know that love stories have boy-meets-girl sequences. In commercial films, there would be a villain and the hero has to kill him – we all know it. But how interestingly he kills him is what makes the story gripping. How interestingly the boy meets a girl… and even in a sports drama, the hero has to win in the end. In his endeavour, how the protagonist Parthu hits the bull’s eye facing all the struggles is the story here,” concludes Shaurya.