Aamir Khan is known for going all in and completely transforming for his roles in films and that was so true for his upcoming biopic Dangal. Not only did he become Mahavir Singh internally, he also had to go through quite a weight change through the shoot. In fact, he went from 97 kilos, yes that is him, to getting back to a fit form!
Check out this behind the scenes look, where he talks about gaining the weight, which was a bit fun he says since he could eat whatever he wanted, but then he had to lose it and that took work!
The story of Dangal (‘wrestling’), revolves around the extraordinary life of Mahavir Singh, an ex-wrestler who could never accomplish his dream of winning an international gold medal for India in the sport. While he has to give up on his dream due to financial pressures, Mahavir Singh pacifies himself and resolves under the hope that his would be son would one day realize his dream. However, destiny has other plans. Over almost two decades he and his wife are blessed with four children, all girls, and Mahavir Singh loses hope.
But when one day, his elderst daughter Geeta, at 14 years old, and her sibling Babita, now 12 years old, bash up some grownup boys from the neighbourhood for teasing them, he realizes that his daughters have what it takes to be world-class wrestlers. Hope kicks back in his life and he sees a potential for them to be trained as wrestlers. After all, a gold medal is a gold medal whether a boy wins it or a girl.
What follows is a relentless pursuit of Mahavir Singh, over a period of 10 years, in making his daughters world-class wrestlers. He leaves no stone unturned, training them with boys, like boys, to beat boys in various local village wrestling tournaments. He removes every temptation that comes between his daughters and wrestling. He makes sure they don’t just fight, but fight to win. Set against all odds, the story explores the grit and determination he has against all odds, as he bravely embraces all criticism from the society, the lack of money, apathy from officials and much more, but never gives up…all to see India win Gold.
Produced by UTV Motion Pictures & Aamir Khan Productions, Dangal releases worldwide in cinemas on 23rd December 2016.