Superstar Aamir Khan’s upcoming sports drama Dangal is almost here and before the film hits the screen we take a look at the sweat (quite literally) and the blood Aamir has put in to play the role of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat – both the younger and older versions.
To play the older part, Aamir put on weight upto 95 kilos which he later reduced to around 70 kilos. The film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, is the journey of Mahavir Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita in the sport of wrestling.
Mahavir Phogat famously coached his daughters in his own sport, defying social disapproval and challenging patriarchal norms. His daughters went on to win India’s first medals in female wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
This behind-the-scenes video, which is trending with the hashtag #AamirKhanFatToFit, talks about Aamir’s transition into a bulkier Mahavir Singh Phogat and back to a lean version.
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Nitesh Tiwari wanted to shoot the part of the film which centered around young Mahavir first and the elder version later.
However, Aamir requested him to do vice-versa and his reason will leave you in splits. “If I shot for the elder Mahavir part later then I would’ve been fat when the film ended and then I wouldn’t have had any motivation to lose weight,” he said.
Meanwhile, a bodysuit was never Aamir’s choice. The 51-year-old actor said that though Nitesh suggested he could use one, Aamir said: “It wouldn’t look good with a bodysuit. Fine you’ll look bulky with a shirt on but I wouldn’t get the feel right.” As soon as the filming of the first part ended Aamir told the crew, “I hope you don’t see me like this ever again.”
Aamir also said that the journey from 97 kilos to 70 kilos wasn’t easy. “Initially, I thought I won’t be able to do this. I would let go off all negative thoughts and focused on the day.”
He consulted dietician Dr Nikhil Dhurandhar from USA, who gave him a customized calorie-deficit plan. “Diet has to be proper for weight loss. You can exercise as much as you want but if the diet is not right then you’ll never get the desired results.”