Sonam Kapoor's kid brother Harshvardhan Kapoor has already set a million hearts aflutter with his rugged-yet-vulnerable look in his debut movie Mirzya. In Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's period drama, the youngest Kapoor essays the dual roles of a warrior and a Rajasthani stable boy. While the girls have gone gaga over his good looks, Harshvardhan has been in the line of fire for having it easy due to his dad and sister's foothold in the industry. But guess what? It has actually not been a cakewalk for him at all. In his recent interviews, Harsh revealed that like any other newcomer, he had to slog it out for his role. And that, too, with a tough taskmaster like Mehra keeping a hawk's eye on him.
And now, we hear from a well-placed source that the actor was in fact made to clean stables to help him prepare for the role of the stable hand that he plays in Mirzya.
“Harshvardhan had trained in horsemanship at a stud farm in Delhi. However, Mehra was not satisfied with his preparation. He felt that the newcomer needed more grooming to effortlessly execute all action scenes,” says the source, adding, “Hence, the filmmaker sent him to train under Katie Sterns in the US. He lived on a stud farm, where he had to wake up at 5 in the morning to clean the stables. He had to groom the horses, and then learn to ride them. The idea was to make him comfortable around horses.”
And this gruelling training schedule apparently continued for six months. And only after that did Mehra shoot the horse riding sequences with the actor.
No horsing around for the young Kapoor we say!