Earlier we had reported that Rajkummar Rao is joining hands with filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane for an unconventional film of sorts titled Trapped. The actor who plays lead in this survival drama has gone to great lengths to get into the skin of his character. Rajkummar, who had to appear weak for a certain portion of the film went under a rigorous diet that has never been attempted before. The actor literally survived on two carrots and one coffee diet for about 20-22 days in order to look real for his character.
Rajkummar survived on this extreme diet for 22 days and lost about 6-7 kgs in 20 days. Talking about it, he said, “It was a part of my process to prepare for Trapped. Shaurya is trapped inside a house for almost 3 weeks without any food or water. It’s a survival drama. I wanted to feel the hunger and desperation that one goes through, if put in such extreme conditions.”
Further revealing difficulties about the extreme diet he followed, he added, “It began with the film only. That was always the plan. I started losing weight while we were filming. It was a constant struggle to fight hunger. I’ve realized that we always take everything in our life for granted. What if there are situations in one’s life when there is no food or water for days? How will one survive? It was quite a struggle to be on such a strict diet. One gets bad mood swings. The energy level really goes down but, I guess that is the fun of being an actor. You get to do things which you can’t do otherwise.”
Talking about the hazards that this may have caused to his health, Rajkummar said, “Luckily, there were not many hazardous effects apart from a couple of black outs and body cramps. However, you really die of hunger. I guess, more than food its water which is really important. I was having a cup of black coffee and 2 carrots a day in order to survive. I’m totally thrilled for the kind of response Trapped has received. The response was overwhelming for all of us”, he added.
Trapped was previously screened at a film festival in Mumbai for which Rajkummar gathered immense accolades and even received a standing ovation for his sheer brilliant performance in the film.