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An­jali Hooda, sis­ter and doc­tor of Ran­deep Hooda who col­lapsed on the sets of su­per­star Sal­man Khan-star­rer “Sul­tan”, says dras­tic weight change is dif­fi­cult “men­tally and phys­i­cally”. Ran­deep col­lapsed on Sun­day evening fol­low­ing a se­vere at­tack of ap­pen­dici­tis. He un­der­went surgery at For­tis Hospi­tal here on Mon­day.

Asked how dif­fi­cult it is for an ac­tor to mould his body for a char­ac­ter which needs a dras­tic weight change, An­jali, a spe­cial­ist in me­tab­o­lism, told

IANS: “For an ac­tor, it may not be dif­fi­cult be­cause he is very mo­ti­vated. But for his body it is very dif­fi­cult be­cause it doesn’t un­der­stand star­va­tion. It is very dif­fi­cult men­tally and phys­i­cally”.

An­jali also added that the “mo­ti­va­tion is so high for th­ese peo­ple (ac­tors) that they don’t re­alise the im­pli­ca­tions” of fluc­tu­at­ing weight change.

Asked if sud­den fluc­tu­a­tion of body weight was the rea­son for Ran­deep’s health prob­lem, she ex­plained: “It’s (ap­pen­dici­tis) not di­rectly re­lated to fluc­tu­a­tion of weight. But yeah, weight loss of ex­treme type can cause fae­ces be­com­ing hard be­cause there is no fi­bre. This is min­i­mal of a prob­lem that can hap­pen and this is a good ex­am­ple for peo­ple to know…” An­jali also men­tioned that this is a minute prob­lem, but such ma­jor weight loss pro­grammes can cause other “un­fore­seen prob­lems” in the body. Ran­deep’s ail­ment could be re­lated to the “ex­treme make-over” he had for Omung Kumar’s “Sar­jbit”, for which he “put his life on the line”, she said. “Sar­b­jit” is a biopic on Sarab­jit Singh, an In­dian farmer who was con­victed of ter­ror­ism and spy­ing in Pak­istan and was sen­tenced to death. He was at­tacked by in­mates at a prison in La­hore in April 2013 and died a few days later. Ran­deep will be seen es­say­ing the ti­tle role of Sarab­jit and had to un­dergo ma­jor weight loss for the char­ac­ter. The “Kick” star was given enough food to “sus­tain for the day” while shoot­ing the biopic.

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