A couple of days back, Aamir Khan (above, left) posted a picture of his bulked-up body on his Twitter account. The actor has been working on his physique for months to portray the role of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat in his next.
The star initially put on nearly 30kg to play the acclaimed sportsman. Now that the particular segment of Phogat’s life has been shot, Aamir is training to get back in shape to portray the wrestler in his younger days.
Actors often undergo such drastic transformation for their roles. Randeep Hooda (above, right), too, did the same. He first gained muscle, becoming 95kg, for his last release. Then, he lost the weight for Sarbjit. And they aren’t the only ones. Salman Khan has done it for his wrestling-based movie, and Ranveer Singh is bulking up for his next. But how safe is it to undergo such physical transformations?
Aamir, for one, took off to the US for his weight-loss program. There, his progress was monitored by dieticians, who conducted tests to make sure he remained healthy. Celebrity fitness trainer Samir Jaura, who trained Farhan Akhtar for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) and Priyanka Chopra for Mary Kom (2014), says, “These changes are brought about with the help of professionals. No actors do it on their own. The process of losing or gaining weight has to be slow so that it doesn’t affect the person’s health.” Samir adds that age is not a factor when it comes to building your body. “It depends on your workout and the kind of lifestyle you have,” he says.
Dr Anjali Hooda Sangwan, who is a metabolic medicine specialist and clinical nutritionist, helped Randeep transform his body for films. She says, “Losing weight is not much of a problem. But you have to be careful if you don’t want to lose much mass.”
Celebrity trainer Satyajit Chaurasia, who had worked with Aamir during Ghajini (2008), says, “Rapid weight loss sends the body into shock. For actors, the motivation is high [because they are losing or gaining weight for a film]. Thankfully, Randeep didn’t have any problems, except mental stress, which happens when you aren’t eating enough.”