Stay fit and inspire others is a rule Sonu Sood strictly abides by. Anything to do with fitness piques the Indian actor’s interest. The star, known for his well-chiselled body, has flashed his washboard abs in movies like Dabangg and Happy New Year. No wonder he is among the fittest men in Bollywood. And it’s this deep interest in fitness that brought the actor to the UAE last week for the opening of Thumbay Group’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital, at Thumbay Medicity, Al Jurf, Ajman.
In a freewheeling chat, the actor of blockbusters such as Kung Fu Yoga, Dabangg, Entertainment and Happy New Year, tells City Times about fitness, Dubai, his Bollywood beginnings and why 2018 is the busiest year in his career. Excerpts from the interview.
You like coming to Dubai often?
You know, Dubai is like a second home for me. I have started some of the best things in my life in this city, like shooting for Ali F. Mostafa’s City of Life. It was a special film for me. I lived in Dubai for nearly a month when I was shooting for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year. Then, after that, I spent nearly a month and a half in Dubai shooting with Jackie Chan for Kung Fu Yoga. So I can say that some of my blockbuster movies were shot in this city. It is like my work place for me. I have a lot of friends here and I love the shopping options here. Moreover, Dubai is just a few hours away from India and I always feel that I’m in my own space here. I believe that Dubai is one of the most special places for me.
Tell us a bit about your fitness mantra?
Fitness is a habit for me. It’s become an essential part of my life. Just like how I brush my teeth every morning, I have to hit the gym every day. I often tell my friends that I have only 22 hours in a day, the other two hours I devote to fitness. No matter how busy I am, no matter if I am travelling, I ensure that I make time for exercise wherever I can – in my hotel room, home or the gym. Whenever I get the time, I do push-ups, crunches or running. I want to tell people who can’t make time for fitness that there’s no excuse to not start loving and respecting your body. That’s the only way to stay fit.