Why do they do this all the time? I mean, look at the picture above. This is a young man called Jackky Bhagnani, son of Bollywood producer Vashu Bhagnani. If you believe what you read, Jackky weighed 130 kg and had a waistline measuring 44 inches only a couple of years ago. Having shed 60 kg, and heaven knows how many inches, he’s now ready to appear on the big screen as the latest star kid trying to become a star in his/her own right. The same applies to Adhyayan Suman, son of Shekhar Suman, who weighed in at 115 kg or something. And, of course, we all know about Sonam Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha, heavyweight ugly ducklings who have turned into impossible swans.
Only the other day, I saw a photo of the Tendulkar family — Sachin, Anjali, Sara, Arjun — at the unveiling of Tendulkar’s wax statue. Here it is:
It already looks as though the kids will require the services of a fitness trainer before too long. And it seems equally certain that they will get rid of the excess flab in no time.
Well, hurrah for them. What I object to is the supposedly ‘inspirational’ articles that exhort the likes of us ordinary mortals to follow the trail blazed by the stars. ‘If they can do it, so can you’, is the chant. Excuse me, it ain’t that easy.
What is the way out for people who wake up early in the morning to cook, clean, wash, get kids ready for school, take them to school, get ready for work, go to work, spend at least eight hours at work, drag themselves home in the evening, sit down with kids’ homework, spend two hours on their laptops doing some freelancing to earn the extra rupee, and stagger off to bed at midnight?
I don’t see much room there for a fitness regimen or fancy fitness trainer, do you? And then you have to bear with simpering celebs who ascribe their stunning bodies and faces to ‘genes’ or ‘running after my kids’ or ‘drinking plenty of water’. What the hell?
From bitter experience, I know that the only way to pack the extra kilos is to put in some good, old-fashioned hours slogging your guts out. Everything else, as the soft drink commercial goes, is bakwaas. Therefore, if there’s anyone out there who can come to my aid and fashion a fitness programme for the likes of me, I’m waiting.