Actor Vikram, who is often called the Christian Bale of Kollywood for displaying drastic changes in the way he looks for each role he plays, credits his trainers for helping him achieve those transformations.
Vikram started training for his new look in Ai two years ago. Even during the filming his team of trainers travelled with him. While one of his trainer, Bharath set his diet and prepare his workout schedules, another trainer, Joseph, and physiotherapist Vidya Sagar would assist him in executing them.
A self-confessed foodie, Vikram tells us how he spiced up his diet. “When you are on a constant diet, you inevitably get tired of eating the same old food in the same amounts.
That’s one of the reasons why people give up on their diets. So we tried to add some variety to my meals by coming up with protein shake cakes, and baking cookies with chia seeds and quinoa in it,” he says.
“After Ai, when I wanted to put on weight for my next project, I was told that I should go easy on my training or else I would end up looking sick,” says Vikram. Why did he opt to take such a rigorous route to achieve a certain look? Couldn’t make up, costume and acting achieve the same effect?
“Looks alone can’t convince an audience about a character, but how one looks on screen is instrumental in building a certain image around the role. When I am playing a particular role, I would like to look like the character rather than like myself,” Vikram says.
Vikram followed a fiber based diet and the fruits were all exotic fruits from different countries. European protein supplements, considered to be the best, were used.
Plyometric workouts were the base. The diet was framed in such a way that the specific workout routine gave maximum results.
As the diet and the workout in turns increases the body heat, the actor cut down the heat from affecting his workout routines with regular head massages with oil.