Lost and Found

As weight loss becomes one of the biggest fads in urban India,Talk finds out what happened to the winner and participants of Biggest Loser Jeetega. Here’s a before and after

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Published:April 5, 2012 2:42 am

As weight loss becomes one of the biggest fads in urban India,Talk finds out what happened to the winner and participants of Biggest Loser Jeetega. Here’s a before and after

A film with Sudhir Mishra,another one with iRock India,comedy Oh La La for Star Plus’ internet division,marathon physical training blogs with 25,000 hits in just nine days,music videos,television commercials and reality shows such as Khatron Ke Khiladi,to becoming a celebrity personal trainer,globetrotting motivational speaker and fitness brand ambassador — last three years have been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride for Sandeep Sachdev. Winner of Sahara One’s reality show Biggest Loser Jeetega,Sachdev was one of the 16 contestants and he dropped a whopping 50.7 kilos on the show that was aired in 2007. The 30-year-old is still losing and counting the kilos.

So are his former co-contestants and buddies — Natasha Grover and Ajay Nagrath. While Grover’s living her “glam doll dream” and is at present Operations Head for Miss India,Nagrath — also the youngest participant on the show — is working on six-pack abs for a film career.

“For as long as I can remember,I’ve been waging a war against weight and nothing would work. Then came the call for the show,and the plus side was we got paid to lose the weight,” says Nagrath,who was a child actor on TV when he joined the show. He was 18 at that time and lost 60 kilos. “My weight had become my identity. I was the roly-poly child artist. But one has to grow up and make the transition,” says Nagrath,who is now taking a break from TV to focus on his film career.

While Nagrath is getting his portfolio shot next week,Grover,who acted in TV serial Ghar Ek Sapna,is busy updating her Facebook fan page,and living the high life. After shedding 40 kilos on the show,she is now the brand ambassador for The John Gloster Studio,a Mumbai-based fitness centre. “I am now ‘a beauty with a purpose’,” says the still single 27-year-old.

On the other hand,aiming to be the next ‘Deepak Chopra’,Sachdev admits to being in denial before the show. “I’m not fat: was my line of defence,” reminisces Sachdev,who came to Mumbai from Delhi to become an actor. He will soon be seen in Twilight Entertainment’s film Chal Pichure Banate Hain and also as Chitrangada Singh’s love interest in Mishra’s film on sexual harassment. This former investment banker now talks on how health is an investment and motivates others to step out of their comfort zones.

While life is on the upswing for these contestants,weight still remains an issue for their former fellow participants,Gracious D’Costa and Hiren Bhawsar. Both DJs by profession,lost more than 40 kilos on the show,but only to gain it back. “Life is not that rosy,” rues D’Costa,who met with a serious accident a year after the show and also got divorced. “I was never conscious of my weight. I was always camera-friendly and quite an entertainer,and that’s what they were looking for in the show — drama,” says D’Costa,who was last seen in the reality show,Zor Ka Jhatka.

As for Bhawsar,the four-and-a-half months on the show were like living in a bubble. “All we did was eat,sleep and exercise. But once you are faced with real life,it’s an uphill task,” he says,adding how he developed serious health problems “as a side effect”. “I am still getting rid of the 70 gall bladder stones I got as a result of drastic weight loss,” adds Bhawsar,now back to routine life.

Other fellow contestants such as Sharmilee,Nirmal Soni and Ravinder Singh Sahni also have similar stories to tell. “I came down to 122 kgs from 182 kgs,” informs Sahni. He wonders whether there’ll be a second season since,as he claims,payments for the first season are still pending.

“Sharmilee’s gained more weight and went on to act in the film,All the Best. Nirmal,too,put on weight and picked his acting career. He acted in films such as Shootout in Lokhandwala,Striker and Impatient Vivek,” informs Sahni,who himself piled on the kilos once he was back to his video-equipment business in Mumbai. But given a chance,he doesn’t mind being in the second season. Well,that’s another before and after game.

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