For the first time in her acting career Kareena Kapoor had to train for eight to nine months for her role in a movie.
And that movie is Yashraj Films presentation Tashan which is set to hit the theatres on coming Friday.
The film has Kareena in a full-on action role for the first time. Before the shooting began, producer Aditya Chopra , director Vijay Krishna Acharya and designer Aki Narula sat together with Kareena to chalk out her look in the film. And all of them agreed that Kareena would have to get slimmer for her role. More than anyone, it was Kareena who wanted to get slim because she personally thinks that action roles suit girls with lean figure.
Thereafter began Kareena's personal toil to lose all the extra fat and flab. The first thing she did was to shun all the junk food she had gotten used to. She even began abstaining for her favourite Chinese food. And to eat healthy, non-fatty food, Bebo roped in a dietician named Roojuta who worked out a diet regimen for the actress.
But losing weight required more than dieting. Bebo hired a yoga trainer from Bharat Thakur's school and began practicing various asanas and breathing exercises. Added to that was the gym workout.
All of this coupled together showed results within months. Kareena, the curvy Punjabi kudi, had changed to a diva with a sylphlike figure. And she was ready to do some kick-ass action scenes for 'Tashan'.
But her newly acquired figure came under severe scrutiny from media. She was dubbed "anorexic", "zero-sized figure", "starved", and what not.
Kareena brushes off these tags as "rubbish".
"Actors worldwide gain or lose weight for their films. I did the same for 'Tashan'. So why all this hoopla about my being anorexic? I am fit and healthy. And I am not starving myself," Kareena says.
By the way, in 'Tashan' Kareena plays a girl who loves to make a fool out of everyone.