Actress Taapsee Pannu is known for her boldness. She has once again proved her strength (quite literally) with a new video.
Taapsee recently shared a behind-the-scenes video explaining how she transformed her body to play an athlete in Rashmi Rocket.
The film, which is expected to release in 2021, follows the journey of a sprinter from a small village of Gujarat. In the video, she showed how she achieved an athletic body.
The actress had undergone a major physical transformation for the role. With a strict diet and vigorous training sessions, she has left no stone unturned to play her character with utmost perfection.
Taapsee says in the video that from day one, the one thing she was sure about was to not take steroids, and instead, chose to build muscles naturally. Her meals were purely homemade and she used natural substances for her preparation. Her trainers for the film, Munmun Ganeriwal and Sujeet Kargutkar, said that they wanted the entire process to be genuine and natural.
Having played sports since childhood, Taapsee shared that she does not hit the gym regularly. It was thus a huge challenge to start it all from the beginning.
She further opened up about the budgetary constraints in such female-driven movies compared to a similar sports drama with a male protagonist.
She said, “Male-driven sports dramas have a far better budget to spend on VFX, touch-ups on the body and other aspects to make everything seem real in less time. However, I wanted to make everything real and genuinely work on myself.”
The Pink actress shared that unlike her male counterparts, she didn't have the option to take time off from work to focus on training for the role.
"As a female actor, I didn't have the liberty to sit at home for a year while I built my muscle and got my body ready for the film. I had to do other films simultaneously," she says, adding that the crew took inspiration from real sprinters and athletes to prepare her looks.
Her team also talked about how mammoth was the task of her physical transformation and achieve the physique of a sprinter. To top it all, her testosterone level was not high, so it became even more difficult for her to gain the physique.
However, she continued to shoot for other films, dedicating two hours to her fitness routine and then filming for 12 to 14 hours each day.
Dr Prachi Shah, her physiotherapist, said that they had to make sure that she works out efficiently, but is also able to act after vigorous sessions.
Things were going good for Taapsee until she encountered a huge physical challenge due to which she couldn’t shoot for days.
“My body couldn't take it anymore. I just couldn't run any more. Halfway through my sprint, I stopped. My quads started paining, I couldn't lift my legs suddenly. I had to stop the shoot for a while, go into physio (therapy) for two hours just to be able to walk," she says.
The entire team got scared, as it was only the third day of the shoot and the finish line was far away. However, more than the team, it was Taapsee who was anxious about the entire situation. Despite being a positive and hardworking person who was ready to take up any challenge to achieve what she wanted, she became doubtful at that point and didn’t know what to do.
“It was very scary for me. It was painful. Every time I used to lift my leg, it used to hurt. That’s not how one can shoot an athletic film. My trainers told me that I will be fine, but it will take time. My trainers were more confident than I was. It took my body a month to reach the level of experiencing ‘bearable’ pain,” she added.
Since then, while shooting, she has always been anxious about which body part of hers will start paining again.
She further shared how sceptical she was at the beginning, and how happy she is with what she has been able to achieve so far.
She wants people to understand that if this kind of transformation is possible for an ordinary person like her, then “ordinary people are meant to do extraordinary things’.
Taapsee concluded the video by saying,
“I am finally ready to run my final race. I don’t know if I would be able to do it convincingly, but I know that I will definitely do it. And I will enjoy every second of the time I’m on track.”
(Edited by Kanishk Singh)