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Kangana Ranaut Reveals She Took 'Dose of Hormone Pills' to Gain Weight for Jayalalithaa Biopic

Thalaivi  film poster

Thalaivi film poster

Kangana Ranaut said she gained around 6 kilos for playing Jayalalithaa in the late actress-turned-politician's biopic.

Kangana Ranaut transformation as the late Jayalalithaa has left everyone amazed. Her look in the movie, followed by the teaser garnered a lot of attention. And now, the actress shared how she transformed for the role and what steps she took to ensure a believable picture.

When one plays a real-life character in the film it becomes extremely important for one to physically look like that person. Talking about the same aspect, Kangana shed light on her transformation process, as she spoke to Mid Day. "Vijay (producer) wanted me to resemble her as closely as possible. She [Jayalalithaa] endured a drastic physical transformation in her life. Having grown up as a Bharatanatyam dancer, she had an hour-glass figure. Then, when she joined politics, she had an accident which demanded that she be injected with huge doses of steroids. While we could not depict all of that, we did take measures [to resemble her during these phases]," she said.

Kangana has earlier shared about struggling to gain weight but for this role she put on 6 kilos. The actress also revealed she took mild dose of hormone pills since she is tall and lean but had to put on weight near the belly and thighs. She has also started eating food that promotes weight gain.

The makers of the movie have teamed up with Jason Collins for the prosthetic. "His team made a structure that was suitable to make me look voluptuous. During the portions showcasing her as a young politician, we aimed to only make my face look fuller. As for the rest of the body, it took the team seven hours each day to acquire the look. The hands had to be re-done, and different kinds of pads were used for different parts of the body," Kangana said, who also underwent Bharatnatyam and Tamil language sessions to play the role.

The actress has also been working on her demeanor, which stands in contrast to that of Jayalalithaa. Titled as Thalaivi, the movie is slated to release on June 26, 2020. The movie will also be releasing in Tamil and Telugu, apart from Hindi.

The biographical movie is directed by AL Vijay.

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