Randeep Hooda’s films may not always set the box office on fire, but he sure knows how to get the eyeballs. In one of Bollywood’s most stunning transformation ever for a role, Hooda surprised his fans on Friday morning when the first look of his forthcoming film, Sarabjit, was released: We are told that he lost 18 kg in 28 days to play Sarabjit , an Indian national languishing in a Pakistani jail on charges of spying.
The biopic traces the struggles of Dalbir Kaur (to be played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ) who runs from pillar to post to get her younger brother out of the Pakistani jail.
The 39-year-old actor looks shockingly malnourished, battered and destitute in the image shared by director Omung Kumar.
The Mary Kom filmmaker shared Randeep’s picture on Twitter and thanked the actor for his efforts. “@RandeepHooda Shocking transformation 18kgs in 28 days... #Sarbjit releasing 19th may,” he wrote.
Extreme body makeovers is something that we associate more with Hollywood. Matthew McConaughey lost almost 19 kgs to play an Aids patient in Dallas Buyers Club, for which he went on to win an Oscar. Christian Bale’s film The Machinist had him dropping 27 kgs while Jake Gyllenhaal lost 13.6 kgs for Nightcrawler. Earlier, Tom Hanks dropped over 22 kgs for his Oscar-winning film, Castaway.
Talking about Randeep, Omung said, “When I approached Randeep for this role, I was very clear that I need someone who is open about going through a rigorous weight loss, as the role demanded lot of different looks. Randeep took that as a challenge and agreed upon giving 100% dedication not to prove that he can do it as an actor but to do justice to the character and the film.”
“The role needed Randeep to look very fragile with his bones being visible. He shed around 18 kgs of weight in 28 days, went through a strict diet and infact in the last few days he was living completely on water. The moment I told him about all this, Randeep just looked into my eyes and said that he will do it! Infact now his weight loss has become a major catalyst for him to get into the character with the right body language and expressions,” the Mary Kom director added.
Earlier, talking about his role, Randeep had said, “Sarabjeet is a story also of a prisoner but the narrative includes the journey right from his childhood to the time he passed away.”
Sarabjit also features Darshan Kumar as Awais Sheik - a Pakistani lawyer who left no stone unturned to get justice for Sarbjit. Richa Chadha will also be seen in the film.
Sarabjit is slated to hit theatres on May 20.
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