“I had a break from the movies because of my acting and not because of my acting”, says the actor
Suniel Shetty posted a nostalgic tweet on March 31, which marked the 21st anniversary of Hera Pherithe Liberation. Sharing a still image from the film, he said, “No wonder we underestimate how quickly time flies. It looks like I blinked, and 21 years have passed. What a movie we made. Priyadarshan’s slapstick comedy is one of his best films in a career spanning nearly three decades. But the veteran actor admits, “I got a hiatus from the movies because of my acting, not because of my acting.”
Suniel was indeed an action star. In many of his earlier works, such as Mohra and Vinashak, he plays a muscular guy to avenge the injustice he or someone else has suffered. His game, when he first started the movies, was deadpan, but he could land punches and perform flying kicks and fire stunts.
The show must continue
This makes him the perfect host for BIG FM’s new wellness show, “21 Din Wellness In”.
On the three-week show, which premiered on March 22, Suniel encourages listeners to lead healthy lifestyles. He shares his daily routine, with fitness playing an essential role, and talks to several experts in physical, mental and emotional well-being.
“I believe it takes seven days to form a habit; 14 days to start seeing the change it brings; and 21 days to be visible to others. So that’s the idea behind the title, ”he says of the series.
He’s excited because it’s his first radio show. “Radio… gives you that feeling of privacy. You feel that the host is talking to you directly. Since it has a huge reach, you can discuss the welfare, which in the wake of the pandemic has become so important. For me, well-being is more than the body. It’s about mental health, nutrition, recovery from injury and confidence. “
Cricket, karate and yoga
Suniel’s passion for fitness started at school. “I’ve always been an athlete,” he says. “I was a cricket fan at school. I wanted to play for the country at the time. Then, to get stronger, I joined martial arts. I started with the Okinawa Gōjū-ryū style of karate. He also has a black belt in kickboxing.
It was his physical form that gave him a break from the film and he was quickly called an action hero and fitness was no longer just an option. Yet Suniel never hated his workouts. Shoot or not, he’s up at 6 a.m. Two hours a day are devoted to exercise and yoga. “You can’t build your body overnight,” he says. “I think that’s why I’m doing a show called ‘21 Din welfare in”And not“ Six packs in six days ”. Fitness should be part of your lifestyle. “
Leena Mogre, one of the fitness stars Suniel interacts with on the show, agrees. Leena is one of the first personal fitness trainers in India. In the past, his clientele included some of the biggest stars in cinema, like Madhuri Dixit, John Abraham, among others. She has worked in the fitness industry for over 25 years. “Today everyone is confused because there are so many workouts,” she says. “For example, some people say, ‘I’m going to start Crossfit to lose weight.’ Then they will hurt themselves and blame the exercise. It is therefore important to assess what is right for you. “
What has worked throughout Suniel’s life is yoga. Besides keeping him in shape, it also helped him manage the mental demands of his profession. “For me, it’s not about flexing your body or touching your toes; it’s more about how to hold your breath, how to maintain some energy. When you start to explore yoga you realize it goes deep.
At 60, Suniel tries to play roles that require more acting than acting, not because his body prevents him from doing so, but as a diversification of what he can do. He also continues to play physically demanding roles. He played the antagonist in Darbar, a police action drama starring Rajinikanth, in 2020. In the national award Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea, slated for release in May, he plays a sword-wielding warrior named Chandroth Panicker.
“Today, I’m looking to age gracefully,” he says. “I can’t avoid the aging process, but I can delay it. So, I’m trying to tell people that if I can do it at 60, you can do it anytime.
“21 Din Wellness In” airs on BIG FM Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in metropolitan cities, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Kolkata, and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in non-metros.