After gaining popularity in a Hindu epic Mahabharata (2013-2014 series), Thakur Anoop Singh of Dhritarashtra fame has made India proud by bringing home the title of Mr World and also bagging the gold medal in a fitness physique category at the Seventh World Bodybuilding and Physique (WBPF) Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.
With this, Singh is the only second builder from India to lift the coveted title, after Manohar Aich.
Singh, bagged the title after defeating two Thai builders and with this he feels that among 47 nations, bodybuilders from Thailand were the most competitive and challenging.
However, looking at the Indian scenario, Singh says that India has young talents that can outshine everyone at the international level, but it is only lack of facilities that has been leaving these Indian talents in oblivion.
“Unfortunately in India, body building has not been promoted or sponsored well. Even the basic facilities are not extended to the athletes to move forward at the international tournaments.”
While adding that he did shell out money from his own pocket to buy himself a flight ticket and arrange accommodation to compete at the tournament, 25-year-old Singh feels that many able talents remain unidentified because they cannot afford to go places due to financial paucity. He feels that Indian athletes from any field can shine at the international level provided they are given good guidance and support.
“There is a misconception that we Indians are no match to global bodybuilders. But, that is a myth. I feel we are genetically blessed and with good training and support we can reach to the skies,” he says.
Pilot-turned-actor, Singh adds that he devoted about three months for preparing himself for the competition with about six hours of work out a day and healthy diet that included oats, chicken, boiled veggies and fruits.
As far as steriods and bodybuilding supplements are concerned, for Singh, it is a big ‘NO’.
“They do pump your body, but the shortcut to a great looking body comes with multiple side-effects,” he says adding that being an amateur body builder he would not endorse steroid consumption, but having said that, he also feels that for professional body builders it may go well as they work out regularly to keep the body toned.
Speaking about his next target, Singh says that he would be participating in the Mr World Tournament to be held in Brazil next year.
With a host of offers coming his way from Telugu film industry, Bollywood and even Sandalwood, this former pilot is only taking time to zero in on a project that catches his heart.