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With three biggies - Lootera, Ram Leela and Gunday - in his pocket, Bollywood hunk Ranveer Singh is in a happy state of mind these days. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu catches up with the actor in Mumbai
How come you keep experimenting with your looks in every film you do?
It depends on the character you are asked to play. For instance, there's a film (Lootera) that I have just finished which doesn't demand any kind of ripped physique. I just have to look like a regular guy because I don't think in the 1950s they had a very strong gym culture. There wasn't the craze for a ripped body like we have these days.
So basically it's all about looking the part. In Ram Leela, Mr Bhansali (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, filmmaker) made it very clear that he wants me to look extremely hot. He said: 'Baby, when you come on the screen, I just want girls to either tear your clothes off or their own clothes off.' So he wanted me to have a ripped physique to have that 'wow' impact on screen because I am playing Romeo, who is a quintessential heartthrob.
Similarly, Gunday (Yash Raj Films), which has just gone on the floors, is an action drama. And Ali (Ali Abbas Zafar, director) was clear that for the action sequences he needs me to have a certain kind of body.
So what did you do to get the 'extremely hot' look for Ram Leela?
Actually I saw some pictures that Hrithik Roshan (actor) had clicked while he was preparing himself for Krrish and I thought the results were absolutely unprecedented. I did some research and I spoke to his trainer and I told him that I too want to get on this programme, whatever it is.
He assigned Mr Lloyd Stevens who put me on the DTP (Drastic Transformation Programme). It is basically a 12-week programme and very soon I released the differences between 'before' and 'after'. It's quite shocking what is possible in 12 weeks.