Salman Khan fans are awaiting the release of Tiger Zinda Hai with bated breath for reasons more than one. The film will have their favourite star share screen space with his ex-flame, Katrina Kaif, after a long time. Moreover, the trailer has given them a glimpse of the high octane action sequences, which give us a feel of watching a Hollywood film. But, that is not it. Salman Khan is all set to flaunt his hot body and six-pack abs as he will be seen going shirtless in Ali Abbas Zafar’s film that is slated to release on December 22. This will be a long time after which we’ll get to see him go shirtless and flaunt his abs, and we hear that the superstar had even given up alchohol to get into the right shape for the “shirtless shoot” on Saturday. However, not many know that the actor was down with high fever during the shoot.

A leading entertainment portal quoting a source close to Tiger Zinda Hai said, ““Salman is very sick. He’s down with very bad flu and was suffering from high temperature when he had to do the shoot. We don’t know how he shot for Big Boss 11 and Tiger Zinda Hai and without any complaints at all. He shot for BB11 in Panvel and then came back early morning to shoot for TZH at YRF Studios where he shot for a high-octane, intense action scene where he had to go shirtless despite such high fever. It was the last patchwork after which they wrapped the film. He was shivering but then some final patchwork was left with Katrina and he had to complete it. Salman has been working out very hard for the shirtless scene for the last one-and-a-half-months and made a superb body for it. He’s been off drinks for weeks and sleeping early and reaching the sets much earlier than usual.” (ALSO READ: Monday Blues No More As Salman Khan Shared Stills From Tiger Zinda Hai And Race 3)

Furthermore, the source added that the strict workout regime and rigorous routine that the actor underwent for the same must have taken a toll on the actor causing him to fall sick. “Salman hasn’t done a shirtless scene in Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Tubelight and his fans like to see that. In Sultan, he played a wrestler so he had to go shirtless. This particular scene is one of hottest action scenes where you will see Salman doing some intense bare-bodied hand-to-hand combat which will have the fans go mad and the frontbenchers whistle and clap loudly! He was so unwell but looking at that scene and the way he did it with so much passion and intensity, you will never guess what was happening with him with raging fever. It was a scene that had everyone, including Katrina gasping in awe and clapping, with the ease and perfection that Salman performed the stunt!,” the source told the entertainment portal.

Salman Khan is the one who started the trend of having six-pack abs in Bollywood. Whether in Maine Pyaar Kiya, Dabang or even Bodyguard, Salman brought the trend of going shirtless in films. We still can’t get over his Oh Oh Jaane Jaana from Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya. His dedication towards fitness and his body is unparalleled. He has even motivated and encouraged newcomers to hit the gym and shed their weight—Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha for instance. So, are you excited for December 22 to see Salman slay it on screen? Let us know in the comments’ section below.