Noida, Aug 31 (IANS) Actor Manoj Bajpayee lost weight drastically to look like a sick man in the forthcoming film “Gali Guleiyan”. He says that what he did was not healthy, but it’s one of the risks that one takes for a job that he or she is obsessed with.
Manoj will be seen playing a paranoid man struggling with his impounded psyche in the film, written and directed by Dipesh Jain.
Asked about his weight loss, Manoj said during a visit to the IANS headquarter here on Friday: “It was a massive diet chart. What I was doing was not healthy. Going off protein is not healthy. It can damage you forever. One takes a risk for a job that one is doing and is very obsessed with.
“I wanted to have that kind of a look of a sick man by losing weight drastically… So much so that the immune system got completely hampered. I started falling sick…sometimes viral and I am not somebody who catches fever so easily. I have been blessed that way. But in a month’s time, I fell sick many times.”
He also started talking to himself.
“Talking to oneself had become a regular thing in my household. My wife used to wonder what I had just mumbled to her. She used to ask me ‘Did you say something? Are you talking to yourself? That’s not a good sign. Please take care of yourself’.
“You know running on a treadmill and feeling… suddenly coming back to senses. You realise that you ran for four to five minutes without really being there. Those were the dangerous signs that I went through while internally preparing as an actor.
“It is a tough task. It can damage you in many ways,” he said.
Produced by Shuchi Jain of Exstant Motion Pictures, “Gali Guleiyan” will release on September 7.