Bollywood actors

From Salman Khan to Amitabh Bachchan, the Bollywood actors who underwent major body transformations for their roles

Actors are known for going out of their way to do justice to their characters. There have been several instances where actors have undergone a massive body transformation to look like the role. Today we are going to take a look at some of the leading men in Bollywood who have undergone major body transformations for their roles.

1. Hrithik Roshan – War

Hrithik Roshan had to lose a lot of weight for his role as Major Kabir Dhaliwal in War (2019) after gaining weight for his role in Super 30. He also shared a video of his body transformation on social media.

2. Salman Khan – Sultan

Salman Khan had to gain weight for his role as Pehelwaan in Sultan (2016) and then lose weight for the rest of the film. Khan had started an intensive four-hour-a-day routine, which he followed with his usual weight training.

3. Amitabh Bachchan – Paa

Amitabh Bachchan’s makeover for the 2009 film Paa was one of the toughest and most unforgettable roles he has ever performed. Bachchan’s look was created by international makeup artists Christien Tinsley (of The Passion of the Christ fame) and Dominie Till (of Lord of the Rings fame).

4. Kunal Kapoor – Veeram

In Veeram (2014), Kunal Kapoor was to play two roles. He had to gain about 12 kg for one of them and then get into warrior shape. For almost six months, the actor trained like a beast to feel and look like a warrior, claiming he was the most muscular he had ever been.

5. Randeep Hooda – Sarabjit

Randeep Hooda revealed that his physical transformation for Sarbjit (2016) affected him emotionally. The actor had to lose over 30 kg to prepare for the role, and he had to starve for days to get into character.

6. Ranbir Kapoor – Sanju

For his 2018 film Sanju, Ranbir Kapoor went to great lengths to change his appearance. The actor received a lot of praise for his look in the movie as he looked like Sanjay Dutt. He even developed a powerful body similar to Munna Bhai MBBS star.

7. Ranveer Singh – Padmaavat

Ranveer Singh transformed into Alauddin Khilji for the film Padmaavat (2018) by training twice a day, six days a week. High-intensity interval training with push-ups and burpees and techniques like deadlifts and squats helped turn him into a character.


8. Farhan Akhtar – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Farhan Akhtar worked hard to develop an athlete’s body, and only then could he play Milkha Singh. After signing Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), Farhan underwent 13 months of intensive training, devoting five to six hours a day.


9. Aamir Khan – Dangal

Aamir Khan strives for perfection in everything he does. No one can deny that the actor puts his heart and soul into his characters. To play Mahaveer Phogat in the movie Dangal (2016), he completely transformed his body from 68 kg to 93 kg.

10. Rajkummar Rao – Bose

Rajkummar had to follow a 20-22 day diet of black coffee and two carrots a day to look authentic in his role as Bose (2017). The actor had to spend two months perfecting his look. He also shaved his head to play Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the streaming show.