MUMBAI, March 26 (Online): Karan Deol, who made his Bollywood debut with Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (PPDKP, 2019), is doubly excited about his next outing, Apne 2. To begin with, it will see him sharing screen space with his legendary grandfather (Dharmendra), dad (Sunny Deol) and uncle (Bobby Deol). But, the icing on the cake is the fact that the film has allowed him to fulfil a childhood dream — that of being a boxer — albeit on screen. He says, “As a kid, I was very excited about boxing and now, I have got an opportunity to play a boxer in Apne 2. So, I am thrilled.”
For the past two months, he has been training to get into the skin of his character. “I have been watching videos of boxing legends like Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather to understand their styles and techniques. It’s interesting to see how they study their opponents before entering the ring. I am practising different boxing routines with my trainer, be it using a boxing bag or doing shadow boxing. Waking up early for the training and sweating it out keeps me fresh and energised for the rest of the day. I am putting a lot of hard work into this role,” he shares.
The young actor says that contrary to what many feel, boxing is a mind game. He explains, “You have to conserve your stamina to last 10-12 rounds. You can’t give it your all in the very first round thinking that you will hammer your opponent. If you do so, he will conserve his energy, dodge your punches, block you and tire you out. And then, you will be knocked out with one punch. So, it is definitely a mental game between you and your opponent, you are actually gauging each other.”
Apart from learning boxing for Apne 2, Karan has also been doing voice exercises — something he believes is a must for every actor. “I have a diction teacher. In theatre, they make you speak in high pitch and then low pitch, to test and improve the range of your voice. It is tough, but you have to keep at it. Doing it for one day is not going to change your voice. In our line of work, voice modulation and diction are very different,” he signs off.