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Varun Dhawan to star in a film on martial arts

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Published : October 17, 2014 1:46 PM IST

Bollywood heartthrob Varun Dhawan who made his debut with Karan Johar's campus romance Student Of The Year is in talks to play the title role in a martial arts flick, Side Hero. Varun who claims that he had always enjoyed action was very impressed by the script of the movie. The movie is about a young man who is a die-hard Kung Fu fan who lives by the rules of martial arts heroes. However, his life takes a dramatic turn when he realises that he may never get to be the hero himself. Reports say that the young actor who wants to earn a name for himself as an action hero and idolises Akshay Kumar. He is inspired by Akshay's hard-work, discipline and fitness.

What is martial arts?

The word martial has derived its name from Mars, who was the Roman God of war. The term martial arts refer to all the various systems of training for combat that have been arranged or systematized. Generally, these different systems or styles are all designed for one purpose that is physically defeating opponents and defending against threats. In fact, martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices which are practised for a variety of reasons like self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, entertainment, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development.

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What are the benefits of practising martial arts?

Self-confidence is the major primary benefit. I have seen and experienced it myself. Other than that it helps in maintaining a healthy heart rate. It also keeps your immune system strong. Regular practise of this art increases the metabolism rate of the body. It keeps your organs and skin well nourished. It is also shown to increase your lung capacity. Due to heavy perspiration, the liver too stays fit. Regular physical activity can help maintains normal body mass index or BMI.

Are martial arts for everyone?

This sport is so vast that it has something for everyone, from a small kid to a 90-year-old. Although, there will be differences in the intensity and time spent but everybody can do it. Also, there is no specific body type for practising martial arts. In fact, when you start practising and continue it for some time, your body will get tougher. Anyone s who s suffered a chronic injury should check with a physician before taking up any regime. Read to know how martial arts aid in weight loss.

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