Kangana Ranaut popped 'hormonal pills' to gain weight for Jayalalithaa's biopic Thalaivi
Last week we saw the first look of Kangana Ranaut's upcoming movie Thalaivi based on J Jayalalitha, the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu, where she looked just like Amma.
Talking about Kangana's drastic transformation, the Queen actress said 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)."
The actress had to gain 6 kgs in just a few days so she took a mild dose of hormone pills since she is tall and lean, but had to put on weight near the tummy and thighs. Not just that, Kangana also started eating food that helped her gain weight.
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 me 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.
Kangana also said she is finding it quite difficult to learn the Tamil language and hence, has decided to mug up her dialogues for the movie.
The Queen actress, while speaking to the reporters said, "Vanakam - did you understand that? Actually, I am finding it very difficult to learn Tamil. The film is being made in Tamil as well as in Hindi, so we will do something about it. Obviously, I have to mug up the dialogues because Tamil is not an easy language. Earlier, I was thinking of learning Tamil completely as I have learned English also. But now I will only learn as per the demand of the script," she said. AL Vijay is directing the movie.
Last month, the actress was working hard to play the stalwart and was taking Bharatnatyam classes for the role.
The film will be shot simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
Last Updated 12:24 PM IST