First SRK did it for his role in Om Shanti Om, then Aamir did it for his act in Ghajini, later Shahid did it for Chance Pe Dance and now its none other than Emraan Hashmi who has gone ahead and developed a ripped, chiseled physique with six-pack abs for his role of a gangster in Milan Luthria‘s Once Upon A Time In Mumbai.
Though Emraan has always been known as an intense actor, this is the first time that the actor has gone all out and physically prepared for the role. Speaking about his newly acquired ripped physique Emraan says, “My role in Once Upon A Time In Mumbai demanded it. It’s not just about six-pack abs; my character had to look physically tough. That was one of the key requirements of the script.” Emraan undertook special personal training from Praveen Tokas, a strength and conditioning expert from USA and Canada. After conducting a detailed postural analysis and fitness assessment, Emraan was given ‘Angular training method’ developed by Tokas, which is a successful strength and conditioning program used by athletic teams.
Speaking about Emraan’s dedication towards the role, director Milan Luthria says, “Emraan has always been the underdog and his character is that of a rebel, a dark horse…styled on the lines of James Dean. I wanted to break his ‘Serial-Kisser’ image and add shock value to the film. I chose Emraan and them styled him this way as it was extremely difficult to find a youngster who, in levels of intensity, could be equal and the same time opposite to that of Ajay Devgn‘s character”
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai is based on the underworld scene in Mumbai during the 60’s and 70’s. Emraan plays Shoaib, a budding gangster who challenges the rule and authority of the underworld don played by Ajay Devgn. The film also stars Kangna Ranaut and Prachi Desai in lead roles. Shooting for the film will finish by January 2010 and the film is likely to hit theatres in May-June 2010.