How Baahubali Got Bal in His Baahu?

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The Indian magnum opus Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is out in theaters and has not disappointed the audience. The movie is getting positive reviews and is raking in the moolah. People are thronging multiplexes to find the answer to the question that had been haunting them for well over 2 years now, “Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?”

But we at Talwalkars are more interested in a different question, “How did Prabhas get so huge to play Baahubali?” Prabhas is the actor who plays the titular role in the movie and has gone from 85 kgs to nearly 150 kgs to portray the character in nearly six months. The story of how both the protagonist and the antagonist (Rana Daggubati, more on him in a different article) built their bodies for this movie is inspirational.

Prabhas added more than 20 kgs for the role and his trainer Mr. Laxman Reddy, former Mr. World 2010 bodybuilding champion, says that he used to hit the gym with a vengeance. Never before has any South Indian actor achieved such a dramatic physical transformation.

Prabhas was inspired by the bodybuilder’s cum wrestlers of the WWE and went to the US to gain firsthand experience on how they worked on their body and yet remained athletic. He hung out with the wrestlers and learned about their workout techniques, diet and more importantly their mindset.

Impressed with their equipment he is reported to have shipped in the state of the art equipment worth Rs1.5 crores and set up an infrastructure in his house.

His workout sessions were divided into two 1.5 hour routine, one in the morning and the other in the evening. The workout routine included the following:

  • Warm-ups
  • 15 minutes of cardio
  • Plyometric
  • 15 minutes of yoga
  • Weightlifting
  • Cross-fits

In an interview, he has stated that he dedicates his morning exercises to cardio and did intense weight training in the evening.

His diet is definitely not for the weak-hearted (nor for the under-resourced). His breakfast constitutes of 40 egg whites mixed with protein powder. He was strictly kept of carbs during the duration of workouts; he wasn’t allowed to eat rice and his trainer says he did not eat biryani in these six months. He used to eat six meals in a day (a meal every two hours) and the other than egg whites he ate nuts, fish, almonds, and vegetables. The total calorie intake from these meals was about 4000 calories.

So what does it take to become Baahubali, well, lots of time, effort, money, and rest.


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