Karan Tacker is one of Bollywood’s fittest actors – take a look at his Instagram if you don’t believe us. However, the actor recently surprised his fans and followers with his realistic, basic and not-so-glamorous look as the idealistic, earnest police officer Amit Lodha for Neeraj Pandey’s upcoming cop-drama ‘Khakee: The Bihar Chapter’. The actor underwent a total physical transformation and has earned praise from fans and industry insiders alike.
According to a press statement, Karan Tacker gained around 6-7kgs to attain a slightly healthier and more realistic physique for the character.
Revealing details of the transformation, the actor shared: “In general I am a fitness freak, however, for this role, I didn’t want to look the dashboard abs, toned muscles kind-of fit guy, I wanted to look as regular as possible. For that, I stopped doing my general weight training and switched to Yoga. The idea was to attain a more agile and flexible physique and look as real, relatable and close to the character as possible, against the stiff, body-shot physique. I wanted to look like a daal-chawal-eating person, because the show is based in the early 2000s, at that time, the idea of fitness was very simple and basic; a common man’s diet that included daal-chawal, roti -sabzi, hence, I actually shifted to that diet as well. From a 73Kgs, really fit guy, I put on almost 6-7kgs to achieve a more regular, real body with a bit of paunch, filled cheeks.”
“Exercise and diet changes not only lead to differences in physical appearances but also the overall body posture and behaviour. For a character it’s not just important how a person looks, but also the mannerisms; from face, and walk to how one carries themselves. The idea was to feel differently so that the changes in the body are reflected in the acting, to be true to the character. My transformation was not just concerning the aesthetics but also affecting the craft,” he added.
Earlier, Karan Tacker played a pivotal role in Neeraj Pandey’s Special Ops and the actor marks his second collaboration with the filmmaker for the Bhav Dhulia directorial. His career choices have become interesting of late considering that he first shot to fame by playing chocolate boy, romantic roles.
Set in Bihar, Khakee: The Bihar Chapter is a crime drama tracing the world of crime based on true events from the first half of the 2000s. Portraying the cop v/s gangster tiff, the show features Karan Tacker as the police officer while Avinash Tiwary plays the gangster.