With the change in the content of Bollywood films, the mindset of actors has also changed. It’s no longer necessary to look unbelievably hot and happening in each and every film, regardless of the kind of character they play. Actors today are more conscious and want to look every bit the character they portray. That’s the reason why they are open to the idea of gaining those few extra kilos if the role demands. While we all know Bhumi Pednekar’s fit to fat and back journey, there are others like her who have done the same for the role they play in their films.
Tiger Shroff has joined the bandwagon of actors gaining weight for a role. Tiger who is busy gearing up for the sequel of Baaghi has gained around 5 kgs for Baaghi 2. The crew Hs just completed the first schedule of the film. It will be interesting see the fit Tiger looking not so fit in his next.
Saif Ali Khan
In his recently released film, Chef, Saif plays a chef(obviously!) for which he had to gain a small amount of weight to look the part as his director Raja Krishna Menon believes that nobody trusts a thin chef! Saif told HFT that he was not very convinced with that saying as he met some fit chefs like Vikas Khanna and Sanjeev Kapoor. All said and done, Saif looks every bit the chef he plays in the film.
To fit into the shoes of Haseena Parkar, the petite Shraddha Kapoor had to gain triple her weight for the film of the same name. In an interview with HFT, Shraddha said that she gained about 7 to 8 kgs for the role. She said that while it’s easier to gain weight, it’s very difficult to lose weight.“For the role I wanted my jawline to disappear, I gained about 7 to 8 kgs for this role,” she said. For her next film where she plays ace badminton player, Saina Nehwal, Shraddha has to lose all the excess weight. She shared that the best way to lose weight is to eat an early dinner and sleep early. “Eat dinner by 7, bed by 9.30 maximum and then life is great. I like being home after 7,” she adds.
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For his biopic on wrestler, Mahavir Phogat, he had to gain almost 27 kgs to look like the older Phogat with two teenage daughters. He gorged on junk food to achieve the same. Then for the younger Phogat, he had to lose all the weight again. This he said has been the most challenging for him to do. Even though he was given the option of a bodysuit, the perfectionist that he is, he decided to gain weight instead! He, however, advises everyone that this is extremely hazardous to one’s health if they try to do such a thing without consulting health experts.
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Salman Khan too gained weight for his role in Sultan, where he plays an aging wrestler. He also had a scene where he looks at his aging unfit body in the mirror and feels sorry for himself. This was something totally against his real fit avatar off-screen, so it needed a lot of convincing from the director, Ali Abbas Zafar.
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Rajkummar Rao believes that an actor is supposed to play a character on screen, they should be believable and relatable. “I don’t believe in the hero theory, an actor is supposed to become a character on screen and not show 6 pack abs every time on screen, not every character can have 6 pack abs,” he adds. Rao gained extra weight to play the character of Bose in the movie with the same name.He had a great time eating junk and Bengali sweets for almost a month, he told HFT. All the effort was so that he could see the character and not himself in the film.
However, all of them had one thing in common to say and that is; losing weight drastically is not a good thing. The constant contrast in weight can affect your health.