Bollywood Actors Who Went That Extra Mile To Ace Their Role
Sometimes, Bollywood actors play specific roles, which undoubtedly requires a lot of work, be it mentally or physically. There have been times when actors have gone that extra mile to get into the skin of their characters.
Shahid Kapoor in Kabir Singh:
Shahid Kapoor played the character of Kabir Singh, which received mixed reviews from the audience. While promoting Kabir Singh on The Kapil Sharma Show, Shahid said that the toxicity of Kabir’s character was very intense, as he was an aggressive guy. Every day, after completing shoot, Shahid revealed that he wanted to make sure that he was out of the character’s zone. He said that “I used to bathe for 2 hours as I didn’t want the character’s negative energy to be anywhere around my kids.”
Ranveer Singh in Padmaavat:
Ranveer Singh said that he faced a lot of challenges while playing the character of ‘Alauddin Khilji.’ Initially, he locked himself for around 21 days to get into the skin of the character. According to a report by TOI, he was about to physically assault someone for a minor mistake while still being in his Khilji mode. And when the film was wrapped up, he had to undergo psychiatric treatment in order to get out of the character.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Raman Raghav 2.0:
Nawazuddin Siddiqui played character of a psycho killer ‘Ramanna.’ He said that the character was mentally very exhausting for him. According to the report by TOI, Nawazuddin Siddiqui said that “I was hospitalized while shooting for the film. After completing the film, I went straight to my native and worked as a farmer in my farms to get back to my normal self.”
Ranveer Singh in Lootera:
While shooting for the film ‘Lootera’, Ranveer Singh played the character of Varun Srivastav, where he revealed that he would hurt himself on purpose during intense scenes. In an interview with the Deadline, He said, “I used to take these very industrial grade clips and clip them to my hip in the morning, do hair and make-up, and then travel to set. I would collect all this blood and be very tender. When they said, roll camera, I would hit it and pain would go from the tip of my toe to my hip. I was recreating that degree of physical pain because I did not know how to do it.”
Randeep Hooda in Sarbjit:
Randeep Hooda played the character of a wrongfully imprisoned ‘Sarbjit’ in Pakistan Jail for years. He claimed that he followed a strict diet and lost around 18 kgs in 28 days. If reports from koimoi are to be believed, while talking about the whole physical transformation process for Sarbjit, Randeep Hooda said, “It gave me a lot emotionally, taught me a lot about how he must have felt deprived of things. I went crazy and mad. Solitude can kill you.”
Rajkummar Rao in Trapped:
Rajkummar Rao played the character of ‘Shaurya’, who got trapped in a house with no food, water or electricity. To look malnourished for his role, he lost 7kg in 22 days by consuming only one carrot and coffee each day. As per the report stated by the Filmfare, he said, “I wanted to experience the hunger and desperation that someone might experience in such dire circumstances. It was quite a struggle to be on such a strict diet. You get severe mood swings, and your energy levels go down, but I guess that is the fun of being an actor.”
(This Article is contributed by Saswat Mishra, School Of Communications, XIM University)