Fe­male stars go the e ex­tra mile to look true to their part ts

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Pooja Sharma ■

We’ve read aboutout male stars trans­form­ing their bod­ies for their films, e.g. Aamir Khan look­ing both older and heav­ier and younger and fit­ter as a wrestler in Dan­gal; and Ra­jkum­mar Rao los­ing a lot of weight for Trapped. Now, fe­male stars are not far be­hind in chang­ing their looks and bod­ies to fit their char­ac­ters.

They are in­creas­ingly go­ing the ex­tra mile — be it body pierc­ing, rad­i­cal hairdo, los­ing or gain­ing weight. It’s all worth it, as fe­male ac­tors are now get­ting meatier parts. Here’s a look at the cur­rent crop of hero­ines who’ve opted for sub­stan­tial changes in their ap­pear­ance, just for their roles.


Dan­gal star Sanya Mal­ho­tra’sM up­com­ing film, Vish hal Bhard­waj’s Pataakhha,, re­quiredq her to gain weight. She plays a small-town girl and is seen in the tra­di­tional In­dian look.

Sanya says, “Right from Dan­gal, I’ve re­alised how im­por­tant it is to not only feel and act the part, but also look the part. Even though it takes a tremen­dous ef­fort to trans­form [my­self] for each char­ac­ter, it’s im­mense sat­is­fac­tion when you look the part. I had to gain 10kg for Pataakha and it helped me to be in the char­ac­ter.”

Taapsee Pannu had to work hard on her body for her lat­est outing, Soorma, in which she’s a hockey player. “I had to make sure that my body looks like the body of an ath­lete,” says Taapsee. “The body should be not only toned, but also ag­ile. I worked on mus­cle strength, as ath­letes have that. It has been a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence.”


Be­sides Soorma, Taapsee has Man­marziyan with Ab­hishek Bachchan, in which she’ll be ssee­neen sport­ing red hair. Then, Yami Gau­tam plays an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer in Uri and has short, no-fuss hair. “This is the first time I’ve gone short with my hair,” says Yaami. “The role was a great rea­son. It’s ex­cit­ing to be chal­lenged by char­ac­ters that help you push your lim­its, learn a new skill, or go through an ap­pear­ance al­ter­ation. With the kind of con­tent that’s made to­day, ac­tors should be open to ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent looks.”

This list also has Fa­tima Sana Shaikh, who’ll be seen in a dif­fer­ent avatar in Thugs of Hin­dostan — she shaved a part of her eye­brow and opted for painful hair ex­ten­sions.

Fa­tima Sana Shaikh has shaved her eye­brow for

Thugs of Hin­dostan Taapsee Pannu has worked hard on her body and also changed her hair for Soorma and Man­marziyaan

Yami Gau­tam has cut her long mane for Uri; while Sanya Mal­ho­tra (below) gained weight for Pataakha

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