Farhan Akhtar: I work out before every gig

Updated: Jan 24, 2018, 09:46 IST | Soumya Vajpayee Tiwari | Mumbai

For as long as Farhan Akhtar has been serenading fans at live events, he's also given them a peek into his fitness prowess

Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar

For as long as Farhan Akhtar has been serenading fans at live events, he's also given them a peek into his fitness prowess. Video streaming sites - dating to as long ago as 2013 - are peppered with clips of the singer-actor pulling off as many as 50 to 100 push-ups in the midst of gigs. In an interview to mid-day, the actor attributes his uncanny quirk to the desire of deriving an adrenaline rush for his act.

"[Workouts] give me the energy I require [to perform on] stage," Akhtar says. Having abided by this ritual before performing for MTV Unplugged recently, Akhtar says, "Working out is a ritual I follow before performing on stage. The regimen keeps the mind and body refreshed." At the musical event, Akhtar belted out hits like Atrangi Yaari, Hawan Kund and Galla Goodiyan. But it is the tribute that he paid to the late Kishore Kumar with Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaaghi Si that made his act "special". "He has impacted me as an artiste," says Akhtar.

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