Mumbai: Actress Aarti Chhabria, who stars opposite Manoj Bajpai in upcoming film `Dus Tola`, had to put on about five kgs to fit in the character of a village girl.
The actress, who played a bar dancer in her last hit `Shootout At Lokhandwala, says that the role demanded a completely different approach from her previous glamorous avatar.
"I was put on a special diet of rice and fish to gain about five kgs throughout the shooting of the film. Swarnalata, my character in the movie, is not a prim and proper girl but a village belle. So I decided to go for the plump look," Aarti told reporters.
The actress, however, is back to her svelte figure after sweating it out through a tough exercise and diet regime.
Directed by debutante Ajoy, `Dus Tola` stars Bajpai, Siddharth Makkar, Govind Namdeo, Asrani, Ninad Kamath, Bharti Achrekar and newcomer Pallavi Sharda. The film hits theatres on October 22. Veteran lyricist Gulzar has penned the songs for the movie, which is set in a small town.
The 27-year-old actress made her debut in Bollywood with a cameo in Ram Gopal Varma`s `Lajja` in 2001 and went on to star in number of Hindi and South Indian films.
Her last three Hindi releases `Milenge Milenge`, `Daddy Cool` and `Toss` may not have done well at the box office but that has not disheartened the actress.
"Milenge Milenge was a great film but unfortunately it got delayed. I don`t even consider it my film," she said.
Ask her whether she failed to cash in on the success of her 2007 `Shootout At Lokhandwala, Aarti said, "I don`t thing so. In fact, I was offered the role in `Dus Tola` because the producers liked my performance in `Shootout..."
"Industry went through a really bad phase during the last one and a half year. The quantity of the films that were being made were reduced, which also affected the actors. But I have done justice to what has come my way," she said.