Arya, who is shooting in forests for his upcoming film Thanikattu Raja, is playing a tribe in the film. Speaking to Times of India, the Naan Kadavul actor describes his character as "grown-up Mowgli".
"I play a tribal, I am a kind of a grown-up Mowgli in this film. I had been shooting in the forest areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and it has been a beautiful experience so far. I came back to the city for a break, and will be heading out again shortly."
Arya, a fitness freak, had carried all his gym equipments into the forest.
"Even in the forest, I used to do my regular fitness routines, no excuses there. Working out against the backdrop of nature, I have discovered, is very refreshing. I used to wake up at 4am and till 6am I used to do high intensity workouts. After the shoot, in the evenings, I would take an uphill walk for an hour. Usually, only athletes do such intense exercises. But under the guidance of fitness trainers Rajesh and Jai, I have been following this schedule for the past seven months," he has said.
As a part of his diet regime, the 35-year-old actor consumes 40 egg whites and 2 Kg chicken a day. The intention is to beef up for his upcoming film.
"Apart from the workout, diet also plays a key role. If you do severe workouts and not eat properly, it will eat up your muscles. I eat 40 egg whites and 2kg chicken a day. It is just plain lean meat without any spice. Diet is important when one is on a regular workout regimen."
Shooting in forests pose different challenges and working amid snakes and wild animals is just one of them.
"Till now, for most of the films I've done, barring 'Naan Kadavul', for which I shot in Kashi, I have shot in comfortable places like coffee shops, malls, and other places within the city. But this schedule, of shooting in forests amidst snakes and wild animals, is really a different experience for me, and I am enjoying it," the actor has said.