Being a star implies looking best virtually all the time – and that’s not easy, as it requires much effort. At the same time, some movie roles also challenge actors to look differently and transform their appearance in one way or another. Even though such changes are not a new concept, watching celebrities do it healthily is probably the most exciting part. The transformations, including gaining or losing weight, can give us a lot of valuable information. Here are some of the best changes we’ve seen in Bollywood.
1. Bhumi Pednekar (Dum Laga Ke Haisha)
When talking about dramatic transformations, one can’t go without crediting Bhumi Pednekar. Her debut was playing the role of an overweight girl which is why she had to put on more than 20 kilograms over six months. From eating butter chicken, dal makhani, as well as other fatty foods regularly, Bhumi did all she could and got the proper praise for owning her character. And even more amazingly, right after the film, she lost more than 30 kilos in the span of four months. The actress said that she was regularly working out and eating healthy food.
2. Rajkummar Rao (Trapped and Bose)
Rajkummar Rao went all in to play two of his roles: a ‘trapped’ resident and the one in ‘Bose’. Since the first of the roles required him to be weak and starving, all that Rajkummar had for an entire month was just a cup of coffee and two carrots. And the second role he had to look plump and strong, so he regained 11 kilos by following a high-fat and high-carb diet.
3. Aamir Khan (Dangal)
Aamir Khan is well-known for being a perfectionist. For a role in the film Dangal, where he plays a wrestler, Aamir could just wear a bodysuit but he chose to have a completely natural transformation. So, first, he gained 25 kilos and formed a belly and then got rid of those in just five months. In a BTS video from the movie, Aamir talked about the struggles he went through. He said that putting on weight was very uncomfortable for him. He couldn’t move as fast as before and had problems with breathing. Aamir also advises his fans not to go through such dramatic changes.
4. Kriti Sanon (Mimi)
Kriti Sanon has a naturally slim body type, yet for her latest role as a surrogate mother, she had to gain 15 kilograms. Kriti chose to do this by herself, even though that implied testing her metabolism and stamina levels. Both the role itself and the preparation for it were exhausting for Kriti but she managed to do it, and in a very short time. She stopped working out completely and increased her calorie intake by a lot. However, Kriti came back to her older habits, and lost those 15 kilos during lockdown.
5. Farhan Akhtar (Bhag Milkha Bhag)
Farhan Akhtar’s role as an athlete Milkha Singh is recognized by many as his best. Reports state that Farhan whose shape is quite good in real life trained rigorously with the help of top coaches, including a well-known trainer Samir Jaura, for a bit more than a year. A part of his everyday training routine we know about involved 2500-3000 crunches, side bends, leg raises, and push-ups, of course, to get the eight pack. He also did many leg exercises to look like a decent runner. What is more, he followed a liquid diet for a while. That’s what I call devotion!
6. Prabhas (Bahubali)
The movie which turned Telugu actor Prabhas into a nationwide celebrity, Bahubali, made Prabhas work very hard to look like a perfect warrior. As he had to look very bulky, Prabhas spent hours in the gym improving his physique. It also required him to eat as many as forty egg whites combined with protein powder every day! Yes, it wasn’t a typo. He went from 82 kilos to 102 kilos for the role. He went as far as building himself a personal gym!
Hopefully, you found these stories inspiring, but still – don’t try this at home!