Salman Khan may claim to be the original “muscle man” of India, but the brawn culture was thriving in Bollywood before he appeared. Dharamendra, or “Dharam Paaji” is a better contender for the original “He Man” of Bollywood. But hey, how can we forget Dara Singh, who is leading a contingent of desi wrestlers on TV, even today! Yes, the physical fitness and brawn culture seems to have been in place for generations in the film industry. Yet, it was never as strong as it is today.

From Salman’s muscles to Hritik’s lithe body to Kareena’s Size Zero, the audience looks up to fitness/body trends of their stars. It was a sad day when Kareena Kapoor first came up with her “Size Zero”. Thousands of young girls across the country gave up food to look like Bebo! But thankfully Kareena talked about healthy eating and yoga in her interviews, and some balance was restored.

Similarly, Aamir Khan’s Ghajini look was so in your face that suddenly gym memberships spiked up and everyone wanted to be all pumped up like Aamir. The guy who gained most out of this is Satyajit Chaurasia, Aamir’s personal trainer during Ghajini. The man became a celebrity overnight and has a star studded list of clients today.

The most important name though is of John Abraham. With a cute butt like that and those killer looks, how can John be ignored on this list…or any list? John Abraham and Bipasha Basu have led the health revolution in our country. Both these stars have superlative bodies which have been sculpted with a lethal combination of workout and nutritious diet. Their workout videos are available in the video stores, and youngsters look up to these actors as mentors where it comes to fitness.

Not one to be left behind is Shilpa Shetty. Though Shilpa is naturally slim and sexy, maintaining that lovely hourglass figure cannot be all that easy. With a good height to complement her body, all Shilpa needs is a wholesome workout in the form of Yoga. “Shilpa’s Yoga” is a very popular video that is sold worldwide, thanks to her Big brother popularity!

The latest names to appear in the fitness circuit are Rani Mukherjee and Kajol, who have each lost a few kilos for their new films. It is a well known fact that once a Bollywood actress if past her prime, she has to go super-sexy to prove tht she’s still got what it takes! This is exactly what Rani intends to do with her bikini clad body in Dil Bole Hadippa. After all, it might be her last “Hadippa” in Bollywood if she doesn’t strike gold this time!

Which Bolly star is your favorite? Are you influenced by the fitness trends of these stars? Do Kareena’s orange juice diet and size zero have an impact on how you view your own body? Please use the comments section below to share your thoughts…

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Lavanya Mehra


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