He was spurned by much of his family; he had to stay away and face life’s hardships. But Mani Charan’s sole aim was to make it big in bodybuilding. This 26-year-old from Tirupati is now inching closer to his dream of a gold at the National championship.
An MBA graduate from Anna University, he has just returned from Chennai after winning gold in the 70-75 kg category in the ‘Mr. Tamil Nadu’ invitational meet.
“I am thrilled. This win has given me great confidence,” says Charan, who now survives on the generosity of his friends and well-wishers. His diet – 20 eggs, a kilogram of fish, 500 gm of chicken, protein powder and fruits – would cost him Rs.800 a day.
“It is difficult but I am fortunate to have friends who have great faith in me,” says Charan, who was once ‘Mr. Andhra’ too.
“I am desperately looking for a job now and I am hoping I get one in the Railways based on recent performances,” he says. His eyes are set on the gold in the nationals to be held in Punjab and Hyderabad.
Trained by three-time Mr All India Venkatesh, Charan is keen to chart his course to stardom, especially in the absence of familial support.
“I will prove a point or two in the days to come if I get hold of a sponsor who takes care of at least my daily training expense,” he signs off.
The 26-year-old bodybuilder from Tirupati has survived adversities to claim his successes, and is en route to even bigger ones