New Delhi: Roping in men with toned bodies in both mythological shows and grand epics is in vogue. So when TV actor Shaheer Sheikh, who plays Arjun in 'Mahabharat', was introduced in the show last night, the net exploded within seconds, understandably so.
"Oh boy but he looks so good as #ArjunOnMahabharat :D :D :D :D Can't wait to see him from tommorow" said one post, about new-age Arjun. Twitter user Jia Sharma was so impressed by his act that she expressed her desire to see him in Bollywood on the microblogging site. She took to Twitter to appreciate his stroke of luck at being cast for the key role. "#ShaheerAsArjun is good, but I wish you soon enter #Bollywood like Sushant Singh Rajput! I am stuck seeing Kapoor & Khans!" her tweet read. Asha Purna, another Twitter user, echoed the same sentiment when she posted, "#ShaheerAsArjun A big shoutout "YES"..This guy looks so friggin' HANDSOME in that costume & attitude! I could just drool on him all day! ;)."
The fact that Mohit Raina, who essays the role of Lord Shiva in the mythological serial 'Devon Ke Dev Mahadev' has become the nation's heart-throb, and Himanshu Soni is grabbing everyone's attention for his on-screen role of Buddha, Shaheer is expected to be pitted against other on-screen Gods and warriors, and do virtually everything that helps him become India's sex symbol.
Will the popularity of the character help Shaheer leave a lasting impact on his fans?
Shaheer, who was born in Jammu and went to Pune to study law, was neither comfortable with the idea of rising early nor enthused about hitting the gym. But to do justice to his role of Arjun, he had to forego his so-called comfortable life and decipher the reliable way to get rippling abs for the show. According to one of his recent interviews, the actor has not only been paying acute attention to his diet, but also been taking his workout sessions, which helped him exercise his core muscles. Since his 'dhanush' is seven feet long, he had to be physically fit to carry it with ease and precise body posture. Since the show was delayed for about a year, it gave him enough time to prepare for the role and learn horse riding, sword fighting and archery.
While it is too early for us to decide if he will take the bar up by flaunting a chiseled body and emerge as the most appealing warrior on TV, it is a fact that the actor was recently mobbed in Jaipur while shooting for the show. And the Twitter reactions validate the support he has earned from his fans. Read on...
Maddy @happyquoka: So shaheer sheikh too is a TV actor trending on top. Few TV actors certainly have bigger following, then b-line Bollywood heroes
Utkarsh Dayal @im_utkarsh:
So Shaheer Shaikh has been cast as the SELF STYLED HERO-Arjun or THE BIGGEST LOSER of Mahabharat !
sajni @Sajni_T: @Shaheer_S http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MODlV8WWb4w ... pandav kumar #Arjun woohooooo cant wait for monday feels so good finally ur back :D :D #mahabharat
Dramas and Dreams @TVwithDD: The casting and acting of grown versions of princes in #mahabharat will now decide wether this series will be a milestone fr mytho or not
Bimal deep @Bimal_deep: Welcome @Shaheer_S Waiting 4 Grand entry #ShaheerAsArjun #ArjunOnMahabharat. Sooooooo Excited. Lots of Love Love Love Love Love :)
Jia Sharma @JiaSharmaRockz: #ShaheerAsArjun is good, but I wish you soon enter #Bollywood like Sushant Singh Rajput! I am stuck seeing Kapoor & Khans!
Vishal @JZ_98221: #ShaheerAsArjun Trending means ppl do watch #Mahabharat :)
¢razzy mi$$y ^_• @Ashapurnaa_VD: #ShaheerAsArjun A big shoutout "YES"..This guy looks so friggin' HANDSOME in that costume & attitude! I could just drool on him all day! ;)
Mansi tripathi @TripathiMansi: @Shaheer_S #ShaheerAsArjun is ruling the hoardings in my city!! U look really dashing!!
Akshaya Nagarajan @Naks1996: @StarPlus Excited to see Shaheer as Arjun.....The last time i saw him, he was Vir Mehra in Kya Mast Hai Life #ShaheerAsArjun #Mahabharat