Ranbir Kapoor piles on 13 kg to play Sanjay Dutt in biopic; working on his bulked up look

Last year, Aamir Khan grabbed eyeballs and earned applauds for his Fat to Fit transformation from his look of a 95 Kg old man to that of a professional wrestler in his prime. Khan chose to go the tougher way when he decided to bulk up and then reduce his weight in order to get into the skin of the character, rather than choosing to resort to a body suit.


Ranbir Kapoor. File Photo

Since Khan was playing a real-life character, the Haryanavi wretler Mahavir Phogat in Nitesh Tiwari's Dangal, he had a tall order to live up to. For yet another much-awaited biopic, Ranbir Kapoor is also working out rigorously to play actor Sanjay Dutt on celluloid. He will be seen in three different looks of Dutt that represent three important phases of the senior actor's life - his early days, his contemporary days and the controversial phase when he was in a drug rehab.

Before Kapoor started prepping up for the biopic, his contemporary Rana Daggubatti introduced him to his fitness trainer Kunal Gir. Dagubatti has shared the screen space with Kapoor in a memorable scene from Ayan Mukerji's romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. So the Telugu actor had a word of advice for Kapoor when he referred him to Gir for consultation.

Gir had trained Daggubatti for his beefed up role in SS Rajamouli's war epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. When Daggubatti disclosed his first look from the film, it was a given that Gir had done a commendable job. DNA reports that Kapoor met Gir for consultation though he had a Mumbai-based trainer in mind. But since their wavelengths matched, the two decided to juggle their schedules to work out a deal.

The same report suggests that the Hyderabad-based trainer flies down to Mumbai for three days in a week to train Kapoor whereas the actor flies down to Hyderabad on the rest of the days. The Hindu reports that Kapoor has gained 13 Kg of muscle and reduced his waistline considerably in the process.

The first shooting schedule, that kicked off last month, focuses on Dutt's contemporary phase. DNA reports that since Gir could not afford Kapoor to get that fat, he admits to using prosthetic to sport Dutt's current look in the film though Kapoor has bulked up to a great extent.

To achieve this look, Gir reveals, Kapoor trains in an hour and a half-long workout schedules everyday. He has cut down on meat which dominated his diet so far. He is consuming more vegetables now and indulges in only lean meat like fish. Kapoor also enjoys a sumptuous home-cooked non-veg meal at his family residence every Saturday. He accompanies the meal, specially prepared by his grandmother Krishna Kapoor, with a few drinks.

Besides this cheat meal every week, Kapoor is extremely committed, according to Gir. Though his fast metabolism allows him to hog on junk food, he has managed to distance himself from these temptations these days. Also, he wakes up at 3 am, gulps down a protein shake and goes back to sleep.

DNA quotes Gir as saying, "Earlier, Ranbir was a very small eater and predominantly, a meat eater. Now he eats a lot of vegetables. He had an erratic timetable and would eat only when he was hungry. Now he eats meals at proper times. Both Rana and Ranbir have their meals cooked in macadamia oil, which I import from South Africa. It’s the best cooking oil. I have a cafeteria at my gym in Hyderabad, which provides meals to all my clients. Ranbir knew about it and sent his cook to Hyderabad twice to get trained by my chef in cooking healthy stuff."

Looking forward, Gir states how Kapoor will adopt a lean look next. He says that the star will have to literally starve to achieve that look but since the schedule is only for a couple of months, it will not be much of an issue. DNA quotes the trainer as saying, "We don’t provide the body with enough calories, so there’s catabolic shrinking without getting the surplus nutrients. The body is literally starving at this point. Yes, it’s very tough, but it’s for a couple of months. For the leaner phase, he will be needing more cardio sessions which will be for longer periods of time.”

The Sanjay Dutt biopic, tentatively titled Dutt, is slated to release this Christmas. It is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and also stars Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Jim Sarbh and Dia Mirza.

Published Date: Feb 03, 2017 12:20 pm | Updated Date: Feb 03, 2017 12:32 pm

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