Actor Varun Dhawan will be seen performing some chest-thumping action scenes in his upcoming film Kalank. The teaser of the film showed his character, Zafar, fighting a bull as blood drops off from his face. Varun is seen all beefed in the scene, an appearance that he has never given in any of his previous roles. Now, in his latest interview with a daily, the actor revealed that he had to push boundaries to have that kind of body. He also revealed that the blood that the viewers see in the bull-fighting scene is his own.

Varun talked to Mumbai Mirror and said that all the characters he has played before never demanded a fully chiselled body. For Kalank, however, the challenge was to maintain big muscles and also look sharp. Varun said, “The blood you see is my own because Zafar is the kind of guy who will come out of a crisis with a smirk.” He shared how co-star Sanjay Dutt reacted to his appearance in the film. Varun said, “When the poster came out, Sanjay sir called me up to say that these are the kind of characters I should play. He also said he’s happy to see me all grown up.”

The actor added that at one point, he felt he couldn’t achieve the kind of body required from him and therefore, he went to director Abhishek Varman and asked him to use a body double for him in action scenes. However, he learnt later, that Varman, in fact, instructed the action director to make sure Varun was doing his stunts himself. The October star revealed, “Later, I learnt that he had told Sham Kaushal ji (action director) that he wanted me to do every stunt myself and instructed him to put me through the wringer, banging me against the wall and throwing me off a height.”

Varun admitted that Zafar made him a tougher guy in real life. He went on to speak about others’ reaction to his look. Varun said when he entered the sets to shoot for the ‘First Class’ song with kohl-rimmed eyes, big hair and that body, “everyone from Karan (producer Karan Johar) to Alia (Bhatt), Kiara (Advani) and Aditya (Roy Kapur) reacted positively and Abhishek was happy.”

Kalank is slated to hit the screens on April 17. The film is a period drama set in the era of India-Pakistan partition. The team has also shot for a few scenes in Kargil.