New Delhi: Actor Vinay Pathak was apprehensive about gaining weight for Bheja Fry 2 because getting rid of it was a Herculean task for him after the first installment. Nevertheless, he agreed after a lot of convincing by producer Milind Deora and director Sagar Ballary. Deora was convinced that the biggest draw in Pathak's character in the movie's first installment Bheja Fry was his chubby look, so he wanted the actor to look plump in part two as well.
"Vinay put in a lot of effort to lose the weight he sported in the first Bheja Fry. However, producer Mukul Deora was convinced that his rolly-polly look in the film is what made his character of Bhushan so lovable. So he went all out to convince Vinay. Vinay finally gave in and let go of his fitness regime and ate to his heart's content for six weeks," said a source.
Vinay had also piled on 12 kgs for his recently released Chalo Dilli, and was asked to stay away from the gym during the shooting of Bheja Fry 2.
In Bheja Fry 2, releasing June 17, Vinay revisits his role as the nerdy Bharat Bhushan. This time, he is back to fulfilling his dream of becoming a singer, and enters a game show hoping to win a cash prize with which he can make his own music album. Eventually, Bhushan goes on to win the competition which also gifts him a free stay on a cruise ship.
Bheja Fry 2 also features Minissha Lamba.