Chunky Pandey usually portrays rib-tickling characters in slapstick comedies, but his next role is nothing like anything you have ever seen him perform before. The actor will be seen next as Kabir in Begum Jaan starring Vidya Balan – and he has undergone a major transformation for the role.
Actors are usually known to play with their looks if a role demands it – which sometimes also means going bald- and Chunky did just that! He spoke about landing the role, which is unlike any of his previous ones, and said:
I auditioned for the role on a Sunday morning when Housefull 3 was still in theatres. People cracked up looking at me and asked for some pasta dialogues! I never expected to bag this role. Post the audition the director Srijit Mukherji tells me that I need to lose Chunky Pandey, which meant losing my precious hair. He took me to my hair stylist Sapna who cut my hair off. I had a heart attack looking at myself in the mirror. Soon I set off on this Alaskan cruise. My wife was waiting for me at the Vancouver airport and she failed to recognize me!
Mind-blowing, isn’t it? Chunky is playing a professional rioter in the film, and speaking about his character, he said:
I ran into an Alaskan brothel which sort of controlled the whole town. I hung around the brothel to get a feel of my character. My character Kabir is a professional rioter. I don’t know his caste but he is what you call the evil devil. He does a lot of disturbing things in the movie.