Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on Thursday resumed the shooting of Dangal here at the Akhada Leel near Toosa village in a new muscular look for the younger avatar of his character, and confirmed that the movie will release on December 23 as scheduled.

We are coming on Christmas weekend. We are not releasing our film on December 16. It will release on December 23, which is a Friday just two days before Christmas, he clarified.

Aamir Khan, now 51 years old, will essay the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat in the forthcoming biographical sports drama film.

Aamir, who bulked up to 95 kg earlier to play the ageing wrestler in the Nitesh Tiwari-directed film, has followed a rigorous diet schedule to shed weight to show the younger version of the wrestler.

Aamir Khan at 24 show press meet in Mumbai on 8th June 2016

For his new younger look, which he shared with his fans on various social media platforms earlier this week, the PK star took four to five months break.

When I came to Ludhiana, I was very fat. At that time we shot for the scenes where Mahavir has become old. 85 per cent of the film is about his that look only. Now we are shooting for the portion when Mahavir was young.

The set, which was set up at the famous Akhada (wrestling pit) gave a genuine feel to the shoot and was full of langot-clad wrestlers, who were seen flexing their muscles. Some of the key elements including a photograph of lord Hanuman, body-building equipment and cow dung cakes on the walls added to the urban feel of the sequence.

Despite shooting in the hot and humid weather, the cast and crew perfectly managed to start the shoot for a part wherein Aamir, donning blue striped shirt, trouser and a gamchha to keep the heat at bay, can be seen cheering up for two wrestlers.

Sakshi Tanwar, who will be seen as Mahavir’s wife and Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, who play Mahavir’s daughters — Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari — in the film, were nowhere to be seen on the set.

Talking about his preparation for the role of Mahavir, Aamir shared that he was taught wrestling by Kripa Shankar Patel. Aamir Khan said:

He is one of India’s national coaches. He works with the Indian Railways. We took special permission for him as our film would promote wrestling in the country. He gave his one year to the film and taught me and my on screen daughters everything about wrestling.

Aamir Khan in Dangal Movie Still

Asked why he shot for older version of Mahavir before his younger age, Aamir said:

Every man is asking me how I lost weight. The reason is when I started shooting for the film at that time I had finished PK in which I had good body. I had 90 per cent body fat and I was very fit.

So when I heard the story of Dangal, the director said that you are ready for this (younger version of Mahavir) and should later gain weight for the older version. But I said when your film will finish then I’ll be left with 95 kg… I decided that we will shoot Mahavir’s older look first and then I take four-five months in which I’ll be having a set goal of losing weight.

The shooting of Dangal is expected to wrap up in next 10 days.

Aamir Khan considers Salman Khan as the original bodybuilder of Bollywood. He said it during unveiling his muscular look for Dangal earlier this week. Salman Khan will also be seen as a wrestler in his next film Sultan (Movie Stills), which is slated to release on Eid this year.

Asked about his comparison with Salman, Aamir said on the set of Dangal here:

I have always been a huge fan of Salman Khan. In the industry, we have always admired Salman’s body.

If someone has been involved in the bodybuilding in our industry, it is Salman. I am a fan of his body and his fitness. I don’t think my body is as good as Salman’s. I try to come close to him. He is the original bodybuilder of the industry.

Aamir said there is no similarity between the two films as their stories are totally different.
Salman Khan in Sultan Movie Still

I am really excited to watch Sultan because every film of Salman is entertaining to watch. We enjoy his films a lot. Despite wrestling being a common aspect in our films, the story of our films is different. I loved the teaser and promo of the film and also the song, which has been coincidentally shot in Punjab.

Further sharing details about Dangal, Aamir said:

The film goes beyond wrestling. Wrestling is an important aspect of the film but the script penned by Nitesh Tiwari (director and writer of Dangal) goes beyond it.

The film is filled with emotions. It is socially relevant and entertaining at the same time. We assume such stories to be very grim but you would be surprised to know that when I was listening to the script, I was laughing as much as I was crying.

Like Raju Hirani (Rajkumar Hirani) picks up a very serious topic but his way of telling a story is humorous. Nitesh has chosen to go with the same style.

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