Adilabad Feb 15 : He underwent commercial pilot training in the US to fulfill his passion of flying. But he is flying higher in an entirely new field — the film industry. Thakur Anoop Singh — from Adilabad but settled in Mumbai — excelled in global fitness pageants and is the new baddy of tinsel town.Anoop’s father Thakur Inderjeet Singh, from Thirpelli in Adilabad, moved to Mumbai back in 1985 and is an advocate with Maharashtra’s High Court. Anoop initially acted in Hindi television serials Mahabharat, Jai Bajrangbali, Ramayan, Akbar Birbal, CID, Chandragutpa Maurya and Kahani Chandrakanta Ki. He also played roles of antagonists in films of different languages.
The actor shot to fame after he was declared Mr World for winning gold medal at the 7th World Bodybuilding Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand, from November 24 to 30 in 2015.Earlier, he earned an identity in television industry for his role of Dhritarashtra in Mahabharat — a mythological serial aired on Star Plus from 2012 to 2014.“To play the character of Dhritarashtra, I had to gain a lot of weight. The serial was a success. Later, I converted the fat into muscles by working out every day. That’s how I won Mr India, Mr Asia and Mr World titles by participating at national and international-level body building competitions,” Anoop told Telangana Today.
The 28-year old muscleman is the latest villain of Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films. Recently, he played Vittal Prasad in Singam 3 against Tamil actor Suriya. He is now busy with three upcoming projects, including Telugu films. He plays antagonist in Commando-2 (Hindi) and Telugu movies Winner and Rouge.The young actor recounted that that his new look, shape and body helped him to bag the roles of antagonists in films. “Many could not make out that I was the one who played Dritarashtra. It was easy for me to impress film producers and to start acting again. I started working for Puri Jagannath Sir’s Rouge. Then I signed Winner and Commando,” he said.
When asked about his memories in Adilabad, he said: “I am from Adilabad. All my relatives reside in this town. My father’s elder brother and younger brother live there. I visit my native place once in two years. I also plan to visit Nirmal and Bhainsa to promote Rouge,” he said.Anoop’s relatives and friends in Adilabad town are elated to see his career graph soar. “We are proud that he is excelling in different fields. We wish him success in his endeavors,” Jagath Prathap Singh, one of his cousins, said.Anoop said he is happy that Tamil and Telugu audiences appreciated his performance as a villian in Singam 3. He attributed his success to the encouragement and support of his parents. “I am an actor today only because of their backing,” he said, adding that he would like to play a warrior in a Bahubali-like mythological film.