For `Maaya`, Harshvardhan Rane follows caveman`s diet

IANS| Updated: Jan 16, 2014, 21:09 PM IST

Chennai: Don`t be surprised if you see a leaner and extremely fit Harshvardhan Rane in his upcoming Telugu thriller "Maaya". He has achieved the perfect physique by following a caveman`s diet.

"I`m following what is called a caveman`s diet. I`m eating what basically cavemen used to eat - I eat only meat and vegetables on a daily basis. Will follow it till the completion of the film," Harsha told IANS.

"In `Maaya`, I`m going shirtless for the first time in my career. My producer requested me to take off my shirt in one of the scenes. I have been working extremely hard to flaunt a perfect body for the scene," he added.

He clarified he won`t be sporting six-pack abs.

"I`m not going to have a six-pack abs. I think it`s a luxury to have six-pack abs, but I don`t think I can afford it yet. It`s extremely tough and I think having it will be an achievement," said Harsha.

National Award winning filmmaker G. Neelakanta Reddy is directing "Maaya".

Harsha feels blessed to be working with him.

"I`m still a newcomer with just a few films, but I have already worked with filmmakers such as Ravi Babu, Sekhar Kammula and now Neelakanta sir. I think I`m extremely blessed," he added.

Harsha hopes that the viewers accept "Maaya", about extra sensory perception.

"Nobody can assure whether a film will work or not, but having witnessed how some different Telugu films were received by the audience, I`m hoping my film will be appreciated too. I`m aware with a subject like this, there`s risk involved, but that`s why my producer is trying to make it a commercially viable product," said Rane.

He added Mahesh Babu`s "1: Nenokkadine" encourages him to do offbeat movies.

"When a superstar like Mahesh Babu can experiment, what do I have to lose? In fact, watching them motivates actors like us and pushes us to be part of something fresh and creative. As an actor, I want to do something I will be remembered for. I think `Maaya` is that kind of film," he added.

Produced by Madhura Sreedhar, the film also features Avantika, Sushma and Nandini Rai