A trained pilot from India who was forced to take up body-building in the wake of the 2008 global recession has been named ‘Mr World’ at the World Bodybuilding and Physique Championships in Bangkok.
Thakur Anoop Singh, 25, fended off competition from two local builders in the finals of the competition on Thursday to be declared ‘Mr World’ as well as bagging Gold in the ‘Fitness Physique’ category.
The win comes five years after Mr Singh was hit by the impact on the aviation industry following the 2008 Global Credit Crunch which led to thousands of job cuts in the aviation industry.
A fitness fanatic even then, Mr Singh took up modelling and moved into bodybuilding as a result.
His subsequent journey was akin to the smooth takeoff of a jumbo jet. Last year he narrowly lost out on the ‘Mr Asia’ title before winning Bronze at the Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Championships in Tashkent.
Thakur, who has already appeared in the hit TV show ‘Mahabharat’ has now set his sights firmly on Bollywood – where the offers will doubtless begin pouring in soon.
But he has an even bigger ambition, as he told NDTV: “I hope my win helps Indians believe in the value of fitness. We can really make India proud”.