There's a reason the world calls him a 'perfectionist', as Aamir Khan leaves no stone unturned to get make his performances as authentic as possible. He sculpted his body and achieved eight-pack abs with rigorous hard-work, sporting the iconic buzzcut throughout the shoot for 'Ghajini'. He repeated the feat for his character in 'Dangal'—gaining an abominable amount of weight to portray a retired wrestler—and then losing it all to show his younger, fitter self. Putting one's body through such extreme changes requires genuine dedication and expert advice, and the acting maestro nails the act, every time.
2. Salman Khan
Just like Aamir, Salman Khan also played the character of a wrestler in the film 'Sultan', and had to gain heaps for a particular segment. This was something totally against his real fit off-screen avatar, so it needed a lot of convincing from the director, Ali Abbas Zafar.
3. Pihu Sand
This newcomer who is sharing screen space with talents like Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, and Rajkummar Rao in the upcoming film, 'Fanney Khan', has gone the extra mile for her role. Pihu revealed that she had to work hard for her transformation as Lata, an aspiring singer and performer. “I had to put on another 20kg in six months for the role and the prep included planning Lata’s look, makeup, and even her haircut. The fringe is an important part of the character.”
4. Ranbir Kapoor
Since 'Sanju' was a biopic, it required Ranbir Kapoor to undergo drastic physical transformations (besides the usual prosthetics) to perfectly depict the various life-stages of Sanjay Dutt—from a teenager to a man in his fifties. Ranbir bulked up, lost weight, and basically nailed all the looks and mannerisms in a short span of time, effectively cementing his place as an A-lister through this comeback.
5. Bhumi Pednekar
She gained recognition after her role as an overweight homemaker in her debut film 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', which fooled many into believing that she was always on the heavier side. But, Pednekar was a model who gained 30 kilos for the part, and refused to put on a fat suit. Authenticity, ftw!
6. Hrithik Roshan
While dealing with two slip disc injuries, Hrithik Roshan gained weight to play the part of a bedridden paralysed magician for SLB’s directorial, 'Guzaarish'. Not just that, 10 weeks into training with international celebrity trainer Kris Gethin, and we could once again see Hrithik in his fittest avatar for Krrish 3.
7. Randeep Hooda
One of the most underrated actors in Bollywood, Randeep Hooda is yet another celeb who does anything and everything under the sun to get inside the skin of the character he is portraying. He literally shrank to his bones for his role in 'Sarbjit', an effort that was lauded by many.
8. Vidya Balan
The gorgeous, not to mention super-talented, actor received critical acclaim for her character in the film 'The Dirty Picture'. Confessing that it was one of the boldest roles she’d essayed, she said, “Yes, I gained 12 kilos for this film, because this girl belongs to the south film industry, and the actresses were mostly wholesome out there. So I had to put on weight. Initially, I was a little apprehensive. But then I realised that I wouldn’t be doing justice to the role, so I went ahead.”
9. Rajkummar Rao
“I don’t believe in the hero theory, an actor is supposed to become a character on screen and not show six-pack abs every time on screen, not every character can have six- pack abs,” believes Rao. After famously shedding many kilos by starving himself for his role in 'Trapped', he gained extra weight to play the lead in his web-series, 'Bose'. For almost a month, he gorged on junk and Bengali sweets, and prepped for his role. However, he too agrees that drastic weight loss or gain should not be undertaken without expert supervision, as it could result in health problems.
10. Abhishek Bachchan
A biopic always walks you through the life of a person, which is why the lead (in this case, Abhishek Bachchan) has to undergo various physical changes to perfect each life-stage. For 'Guru', Bachchan put on extra weight for a part, and nailed the appearance of a wealthy, businessman.