Mumbai: Actor Ranvir Shorey gained 20 kilos to play the protagonist in Rajat Kapoor`s upcoming film ‘Fatso’. The film, which also stars Gul Panag, Purab Kohli, Neil Bhoopalam and Gunjan Bakshi in lead roles will hit the theaters on May 4.
"For Fatso I had to gain 15-20 kilos. Initially it was needed to gain the weight as we couldn`t afford prosthetics and make up around chin, neck and arms. I did wear a fat suit for the body but the face too needed to look proportionate.
"Although it was a health risk, I went ahead. In fact, I`ve even got high blood pressure due to the weight I put on suddenly. If it hadn`t been Rajat Kapoor`s film, maybe I wouldn`t have done it. It`s my third film with Rajat and that`s why I have implicit faith in him," the 39-year-old said.
The actor also said that he practiced Kalaripayattu, a martial art form that was born in Kerala for over a year to shed the weight.
"Gaining weight wasn`t tough, losing it was for which I have worked really hard. For almost a year I practiced Kalaripayattu to shed the flab," Shorey added.
The film has been included in various International Film Festivals including South Asian Film Festival in New York, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and Shanghai International Film Festival.