Sarabjit Singh reminds Indians of a grim past and a painful turn of events for the family. Three years after his death, director Omung Kumar had released a biopic drama starring Randeep Hooda, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Richa Chadha. The film may have not made much noise at the domestic box office, but Randeep Hooda’s transformation to get into the skin of Sarabjit sent shockwaves across the film industry. Randeep, who played the role of an Indian national who was famously detained in Pakistan for 23 years and convicted of spying and terrorism, gave it his all.
Being the dedicated actor he is, Randeep had lost 18 kg in a span of 28 days and was almost reduced to looking skeletal. Speaking about his transformation, Randeep had revealed to Mumbai Mirror back then, “I was a muscular 94 kg at the time and while it’s easy to burn fat, it’s hard to lose muscle. I was expecting to shoot the portions when Sarabjit was a pahalwan in his village and then slowly shed weight. The decision came as a shock and led to a period of physical and mental torture.” Randeep’s weight loss regime was monitored by his sister Dr Anjali Hooda-Sangwan who allowed him to consume only 500-600 calories per day. While he was allowed cheat meals, the occasions were rare.