Mumbai: Actor Diljit Dosanjh pushed himself to extremes to achieve the physique of an athlete for "Soorma", an upcoming biopic on hockey player Sandeep Singh.
"Soorma" tells the story of Singh, a professional hockey player and former captain of the Indian national team. Singh was seriously injured after hit by an accidental gunshot in a train in 2006 but he did not give up and continued playing.
Diljit, who essays Singh in the film, not only got trained by the former captain but also underwent a physical transformation to look like him.
In an interview with PTI, the actor said, "The role was extremely draining with so much intense training. Physically, it was very tough. I had a lot of problems post shooting the film. When I was shooting, I had stopped consuming sugar, I used to eat salt very less".
The "Udta Punjab" actor says once the shoot was over, his body started reacting a bit negatively.
"Because we wanted the physique of an athlete in a very short time, I pushed my body a lot to achieve that result. When the film got over and I started eating normally, I got swelling on my hands, face and all over the body.
"There was a reaction. When you reduce the intake of salt, the water in your body doesn't stay and you get cramps," he said.
Diljit, 34, has no qualms about it and says a film like that required him to push limits.
Directed by Shaad Ali, the film also features Taapsee Pannu as Diljit's onscreen love interest.