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Actor Varun Tej to star as a boxer in his next

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Actor Varun Tej shares about life during this enforced phase of inactivity, the Gaddalakonda Ganesh star says he is actually quite used to taking breaks.

“I used to take frequent long breaks after completing one film. Hence, the break as a result of the pandemic is a familiar state for me, except for the uncertainty that surrounds the moment,” he says, adding that the lockdown gave him opportunities to revive his old leisure pursuit — reading. “I was a voracious reader before turning into an actor. But reading took a back seat as a result of my shooting and other schedules. However, I have been spending quality time reading a lot in the lockdown. I just completed reading the Mahabharata series by Ashok K. Banker,” he shares.

The Tholi Prema star has been preparing for the role of a boxer in his yet-to-be-titled sports drama, directed by debutant Kiran Korrapati. The actor underwent an intense training programme in Los Angeles. While Olympic Gold Medallist Tony Jeffries trained Varun in boxing, Rocky actor Carl Weathers acted as a consultant. Neeraj Goyat took over the training in Mumbai.

About the lockdown that affected his preparations, and challenge his fitness, he said: “Luckily the boxing trainer (from Agra) was with me during the three months of lockdown. So I have been constantly practising boxing (10 sessions a week) and staying fit. I do around two hours of boxing daily, apart from the regular fitness workouts. I like to sweat it out,” he says.

After doing a few love stories, the F2 star says he wanted to try something unique in his next film. “I felt there was a dearth of sports drama in Telugu a couple of years back, so I wanted to do one. Then Kiran (who worked as an Assistant Director for my earlier films) came up with a script that revolved around boxing. Since then we have had several discussions and zeroed in on an engaging script; so it has been a long journey,” he reveals.

“I am someone who is aggressive and a bit temperamental (smiles). Since boxing is a combat sport, I could connect to it naturally. Moreover, boxing easies out a lot of pressure and keeps me charged,” explains the Fida star.

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