Recently, the production house of Dangal, UTV, released a video of Aamir Khan’s fitness journey from 97kilos to losing 25 kilos for the movie Dangal. The extreme body transformation of Bollywood’s Mr Perfectionist amazed us. He is playing the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an Indian amateur wrestler and senior Olympics coach, in Dangal and to essay his character perfectly, he gained and then lost weight. He gained 28 kilos to shoot the part where he is playing an older man. He ate everything from samosas to vada pav and weighed 97 kgs with 38 percent body fat. For the part where he had to play the younger version of the character, he had to lose all the extra weight. Aamir’s body transformation video showed him huffing and puffing in the gym. Within three to four months, the actor managed to lose 25 kilos and decreased the fat percentage to 9. (ALSO READ Aamir Khan’s Dangal: Watch Aamir’s before and after body transformation video here)
However, Aamir was not the only one training to play the part of a wrestler. The leading ladies too had to go through rigorous training to play their part with complete honesty. UTV Motion Pictures released another video of the movie’s Dhaakad girls, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, who are playing Geeta and Babita Phogat and Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar, who are playing the younger version of the Geeta and Babita, training to play their role as wrestlers.
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The video shows the four girls being trained by the coach of the Indian wrestling team and Arjuna awardee, Kripa Shankar Bishnoi Beniwal. The training went on for around seven to eight months. The film director, Nitesh Tiwari was sure that the girls could not become professional wrestlers in six months, but he asked Kripa Shankar to train them properly so that the wrestling does not look fake on screen. The regime followed by the girls was same as that of Senior Indian Women’s wrestling team only the intensity was a little bit toned down. The training improved the girls’ strength, flexibility and fitness levels.
Fatima Sana Shaikh doing headstand
Fatima Sana Shaikh revealed that for eight to nine months they were training six days a week and not on alternate days. Suhani Bhatnagar, who will be seen playing the role of the younger version of Babita Phogat, is the youngest of the lot and showed great enthusiasm during the training. One of the main concerns of the trainer Kripa Shankar was that Zaira Wasim, the beautiful young actress from Kashmir who is playing the younger self of Geeta Phogat in the movie, was weak and will not be able to cope up with the training schedule. Even Aamir Khan was worried whether Zaira will be able to pull off the wrestling scenes, but with her very first shot of wrestling, she surprised everyone with her energy and performance. In front of the camera, she fought like a true wrestler. Nitesh Tiwari was all praise for Sanya Malhotra who trained with the other girls for months even though her fight scenes in the movie do not exceed more than a minute. Sanya trained with Fatima for seven to nine months without questioning anyone.
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Nitesh Tiwari was all praises for Sanya Malhotra who trained with the other girls for months even though her wrestling scenes in the movie do not exceed more than a minute. Sanya trained with Fatima for seven to nine months without questioning anyone.
The video showcases the Dhaakad girls’ journey from being just actors to impressive wrestlers for the movie Dangal and it will surely inspire you to workout and stay fit.