Currently filming the upcoming period drama “Chaava” in which he portrays legendary Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj, actor Vicky Kaushal gave fans a peek at his intense physical preparation through a new gym photo recently posted on social media.
Vicky Kaushal Shares Workout Snap From Chaava Sets
On January 10th, Vicky Kaushal took to Instagram stories to showcase the results of his rigorous strength training regimen. In the snapshot, Vicky Kaushal stands shirtless focusing intently as he lifts an impressive set of weights. Clad in all-black gym attire with a headband, the dedicated actor and his sculpted muscles serve as motivation for anyone pursuing fitness goals in the new year.
The photo’s caption references “Chaava,” confirming Vicky Kaushal’s ongoing involvement in shooting the highly-anticipated historical drama chronicling the inspiring rise of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj as a just ruler and brave Maratha leader.
The Transformational Role Has Personal Meaning
In a recent interview, Vicky Kaushal opened up about the film and his eagerness to portray the iconic son of legendary 17th-century warrior king Shivaji in all his complexity. Calling it a “huge responsibility” to accurately depict the larger-than-life historical figure on screen, Vicky Kaushal also related to Sambhaji Maharaj on a deeper level.
He expressed a particular connection and admiration for the progressive leader’s dedication to championing equality by transcending caste hierarchies at a time of widespread social injustices. For Vicky Kaushal, embodying such an impactful change-maker fighting oppressive systems through strength and compassion has become a transformational journey both physically and spiritually while working on Chaava under director Laxman Utekar’s guidance these past months.
Intense Action Scenes Push New Limits
In addition to rigorous weight training, Vicky Kaushal enthused about the “biggest action sequence” of his career so far being filmed for Chaava’s climax last month. The set photo he shared on December 28th offered a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s large-scale production.
Having personally leaned into more serious, dramatic roles recently in acclaimed projects like Sardar Udham and Sam Bahadur, Vicky Kaushal expressed excitement over pushing into new intense action territory with Chaava’s complex stuntwork. He named channelling his physicality through action among his favourite performance dimensions to explore on camera.
Flanked By Strong Female Co-Stars
While Vicky Kaushal shoulders the lead role in bringing Sambhaji Maharaj’s courageous spirit to life, he is joined on screen by two powerful female talents. Playing Sambhaji’s wife Yesubai is rising star Rashmika Mandanna, while veteran actress Shreyas Talpade reportedly signed on to portray royal consort Soyarabai.
Resuming production in January, the cast and crew gear up to complete principal photography and remaining action-packed sequences over the next months. With Vicky Kaushal’s ripped physique testament to his dedicated transformation for this career-defining titular part, anticipation continues building for Chaava’s release.
By Mahananda Bhattacharjee