Along with ­diction training and preparatory workshops, actors have now started going the extra mile to perfect their look for their films. Actor Aamir Khan has put on oodles of weight for his upcoming film, and he is not the only one. Other actors, too, are bulking up for their roles.
"Actors now really work on their look and I feel that this is something which the public expects from them," says trade analyst Komal Nahta. However, this has to be done with care. "During this process, they need to ensure that their rest quotient is perfect, emotional and physiological quotient is sound and their nutritional inputs are perfect," says Mickey Mehta, celebrity fitness trainer.
Sidharth ­malhotra Along with Aamir, Sidharth, too, is preparing for his role of a wrestler in his upcoming film, Brothers. The Student of the Year actor has been working on the look for some time now. The 30-year-old went on a special ­protein diet and underwent intense weight training to build muscle and bulk up for the role. He has put on 8 kg for the film and looks very different from his appearances in earlier films.
Aamir Khan­The 50-year-old, who is known to undergo drastic makeovers for his roles, has gained 20kg for his ­upcoming film, Dangal. The actor now weighs 90kg to play the role of a wrestler in the film. "Currently, I am at my heaviest. I weigh 90kg, which is a lot for a person of my height (5 feet, 6 inches)," says the actor, who is also learning Haryanvi for the Nitesh Tiwari film.
Ranbir, who'll play actor Sanjay Dutt in a biopic on the latter, has been asked by director Rajkumar Hirani to put on weight to appear a little burly for the role. Buzz is that the 32-year-old is looking forward to beefing up for the film. The actor has been reportedly preparing by working hard at the gym. Reports also suggests that he has been on a strict diet and fitness regime to gain muscle weight for the biopic.
Emraan, who ­currently has a lean body for his biopic on former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, will have to bulk up for the ­promotions of another film he has already shot for, with Vidya Balan. "After the look test (for the Azhar biopic), I'll have to put on weight for the promotions of my next film, Hamari Adhuri Kahani. It will be challenging, but this is what the role demands," says the 36-year-old.
To look like the perfect ATS officer, actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has put on 7 kg for his upcoming film, Wazir. "I am playing an ATS cop and I felt that being too lean will not look right for the role. These guys are tougher. I had to put on 7 kgs for the film. I underwent power and endurance training and changed my diet to put on weight," says the 41-year-old, who has often worked on his look for films.
Now this one is a little hard to imagine. Siddiqui, who has always sported a lean body, has been asked to put on 20kg for his film Raees, which also stars Shah Rukh Khan. The 40-year-old will be playing the role of a cop, which was earlier supposed to be played by actor Farhan Akhtar, and has already started working hard on his physique for the character.