From Arjun Kapoor to Sonakshi Sinha, would these Bollywood stars go from ‘fab’ to ‘flab’ for a role?

A lot of actors who were previously overweight struggled to lose the excess kilos when they decided to turn actors. Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Jackky Bhagnani and Bhumi Pednekar… they all went from fat to slim. Although most actors have talked about their struggle to lose weight, Sonam and Sonakshi are sensitive about discussing their weight now.


Jurassic World actor Chris Pratt is someone who went through major weight fluctuations. In 2011, Chris lost 30 pounds for Moneyball. Shortly afterward, he regained 60 pounds for 10 Years. In an interview, he said, “I went from 220 pounds that I cut down for Moneyball, to almost 270-280 pounds for 10 Years.”
We asked B-Town actors who lost weight to start off their film careers if they’d pile it all back on for a much-coveted role…

Fat to fit: He weighed 140 kgs when Salman Khan told him to become an actor. There was no looking back. Arjun followed a strict exercise-diet regime and lost 50 kgs in four years. For the foodie, it was torture as he had to give up eating junk food, avoid sweets and eat fresh fruits. Today, he has abs!

Fit to fat?: Arjun says, “Well, it completely depends on the material and the available time to gain and lose it. But, as an actor, you should be malleable enough to adapt to the demands of every role that you chose to play. Of course, after building a great body, it is always difficult to transform.”

Fat to fit: He weighed 130 kgs when he asked his father Vashu to launch him. His father laughed and that challenged him to go on a strict diet and workout regime that made him drop down to 74 kgs. During his training routine, Jackky had to refrain from having salt and sweet dishes. As the actor himself has admitted, he had ‘no life’ when he was following the regime as he had to go to sleep by 7 pm.

Fit to fat?: Jackky says, “It’s been a struggle to lose the weight that I have. But right now, the struggle is to get the role I want. So I would do just about anything — become size zero like Bebo or size hero like Aamir — just about anything for my dream role. I remember losing each one of those 65 kgs that I did to become an actor. Every kilo was like climbing a mountain and I puffed and panted. But, it was all to become an actor. So adding a few pounds will not stand between me and my dream role. I did it once, I know I can do it again!”

Fit to fat: To play Sandhya in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, the 5’6” tall Bhumi ate pizza for breakfast, rich Mughlai food and tons of sweets to weigh 90 kg. But four months after production wrapped up, the actress lost 21 kg playing badminton, volleyball, swimming, walking, weight training and functional training on certain days. Her diet would consist of karela, neem and tulsi juice and other fresh fruit juices, along with eggs, kale, spinach and aloe vera juice.

Fit to fat… again?: Bhumi says, “I would put on weight for a great role. But I would also like to wait a little longer before I put my body through any major weight related change. I wouldn’t mind gaining a few pounds, maybe only as much as I know I can handle. And that would definitely be under good supervision — a good dietician and nutritionist. After doing this process once I know what the do’s and dont’s are. Losing the weight was difficult but it was a lot easier and faster than I had thought. There was alot of hard work that went into it but mentally I was always very content and happy. So it was a fun process. And so worth it. Physical transformations of such kind are important at times and doing them the right way makes the entire process very positive and it translates in your work.

Weighed 100 kgs till a few years ago. Was 86 kgs when she signed Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya. Today, she is wafer-thin and has shed 30 kilos for her films. Yet when quizzed about whether she should gain or lose weight for a film she chose to remain silent.

Lost 30 kilos to play Salman’s Rajjo in Dabangg. Since then the actress has lost more weight. But when quizzed about whether she would put on or lose wieght for a good role, she prefers not to comment