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There are some challenges which are way too difficult, even if you are called Mr Perfectionist, even if you are Aamir Khan. It appeared Aamir had met his with Dangal. The actor who showcases various stages of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s life in the film was buff and fit when he started shooting for the Nitesh Tiwari film.
The obvious thing to do was shoot the portions where Mahavir is a young wrestler and then start putting on weight to play an older man with paunch. But then, when has Aamir done the obvious? He told Nitesh that he would rather put on weight, play a grizzled and overweight Mahavir, then lose weight and emerge from the journey with six-pack abs. Many would call the plan asinine but Aamir achieved it and this amazing journey has been released on Facebook. All we have for the man after watching the video is respect.
Aamir gained 28 kilos in five months to play the character. He was 98 kgs when he shot for the film and by his own admission had trouble tying his shoelaces. In the video, Aamir says his gait and his body language changed during the phase. Then when he started losing weight, it was a wrench. As the movie shows it, even the actor was not sure if he could achieve it. But he did achieve it finally.
This is what Aamir said about his amazing journey: “Though I went through body building to get a certain look for my film, this (Dangal) one was one of the most dramatic body transformations so far. The film has two phases. For one part, I had to put on weight. So, I weighed 96 kgs with 38 percent body fat and that I had to reduce to 9 percent body fat within five months. That was a huge task.”
It came with a statutory warning from the star though: “I would like to mention that putting on weight and losing it so fast is very unhealthy. I did it for my film under the supervision of experts, but it is very unhealthy for any regular person.”