Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Versatile Randeep

Updated: March 11, 2016 1:07 pm

Randeep Hooda has lost 18 kgs in 28 days and is almost unrecognisable as Sarabjit Singh in Omung Kumar’s upcoming biopic. The 39-year-old Haryanvi Jat, who likes his alu ki sabzi and choorma, had to go on a starvation diet, closely supervised by his sister and a doctor. “He cut down on his meals, filling up on coffee and water, even when we were shooting in Palghar and gorging on some great food. In his years in jail, Sarabjit was kept in a 4 x 4 room and had rat bites all over him. The first time I met Randeep, I told him that I wanted to see his bones. He took up the challenge and shocked even me,” admits Omung while talking to a leading newspaper

In fact, the first day, a drastically different Randeep walked into the set, squatted on the floor behind the monitor and largely went unnoticed. “It was only when I called for him that I realised he was sitting right there,” reminisces the National-award-winning director. However, for the flashback sequences, the Kick actor had to put on a few kgs for a wrestling scene. “I gave him a 20 days break and he came back all pumped up,” Omung revels about his Versatile hero.

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