STAR TRACK Emraan Hashmi calls rice, roti and bread three worst things for him
Emraan Hashmi, like most of the characters he has played on screen, has all but time on his side. Say, when he was shooting for latest film Rush — where he played an investigative journalist, he did it till about 4 a.m. some days and had had “barely two hours of sleep”.
“Night and day shoots are extremely taxing and usually my sleep just goes for a complete toss,” says the actor. No wonder then that he keeps a firm grip on the time that he does have to himself.
Following such a regimen often has its effects on one’s food habit. But Emraan admits point blank that his approach is “to survive”. He elaborates,” I am not a foodie that way and it’s not like I indulge in obnoxious feasts of different cuisines everyday. I’ve gone from a fairly undisciplined diet to a more disciplined diet.”
While shooting, his diet keeps changing because of what different roles demand of him. “I usually have to oscillate between gaining weight to drastically reducing t. At times, need to drastically put on muscle for some films and I have to take that on continuously because I’m shooting for so many films,” he says.
Off the table
When he is involved in such diets he goes off of “rice, roti and bread” since those are “the three worst things” for him, he believes. Also, off the table are sweets. Instead, he turns to “sugar substitutes and things like greens and oats”.
His indulgences include “everything that is bad for the body” with “pizza, sushi and Thai food” topping the list. These he keeps in check with a minimum of four visits per week to the gym and occasional cross fitness exercises with his trainer which can include anything from “using a hammer to break a stone to running with a truck tyre or having a parachute tied to my back and running on the beach”.
Stress at bay
“It’s more of an endurance type of thing,” he explains.
Not taking any stress is his mantra but Emraan admits that “these days it’s becoming extremely taxing” because of having to oscillate between his “night and day shoots”.
“I am working on getting around them,” he says.
With a slew of films like Ghanchakkar , Ungli , Ek Thi Daayan and a couple of untitled films already in the pipeline, Emraan seems headed in full speed.