Actor Vicky Kaushal, who has built a muscular physique for a new film, believes physical transformation among actors has become more performance-oriented than for vanity purposes.
In the last few years, Bollywood cine-goers have seen actors placing an emphasis on their physical transformation — whether it is superstar Aamir Khan gaining weight for “Dangal” or National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao losing weight for “Trapped” and then growing a paunch for the web series “Bose: Dead/Alive”, or even Ranveer Singh bulking up to play Sultan Alauddin Khilji in “Padmaavat”.
“I think physical transformation is a part of the performance now for an actor. And I see no wrong in that. Gone are those days when a mainstream Bollywood hero will build up a physique only to look good. Perhaps that is why I lost eight kg for my film ‘Masaan’ and Aamir Khan gained weight for playing an aged father in ‘Dangal’.
“I think that is the good part of these changing times in our cinema, where everything is happening based on the requirement of the story and not just for vanity,” Vicky told IANS here.