The actor said that he was initially reluctant to gain weight for his character AGR
Last Updated: 04.12 PM, Mar 19, 2023
Also Read: Pathu Thala: Silambarasan TR says he accepted the film due to Gautham Karthik, here's the reason Actor Silambarasan opened up on his struggle with weight loss during the audio launch of his upcoming film Pathu Thala. The actor who said that he was initially hesitant to gain weight for his character AGR, a gangster, finally agreed to it after much afterthought due to his struggle with weight loss. Speaking about the same, Silambarasan TR said, " You all know that I had to undergo a major body transformation for Maanaadu. It was after that that I got the offer to do Pathu Thala. I was quite hesitant to take up the project as I had to gain weight. I could have told the film's producer KE Gnananvel Raja that I would return the money and that I won't be able to do the project.``
When he finally got on board, the film's director Obeli Krishna had asked him to gain weight for the character. "The first question I asked him was, 'do you have a conscience?' Because only I know how much I struggled to lose weight. If I put on weight, everyone would write that Simbu had put on weight and is back roaming around like he used to and that he won't be coming to shootings hereafter. After all, there are so many ready to create problems for me. I told Krishna that I was eating only twice a day already. That's when we came up with this idea. We decided to try a photo shoot first. If Krishna wasn't convinced with the way I looked, I would put on weight."
Also Read:Pathu Thala trailer clocks 5 million views; fans call Silambarasan's film power-packed and mind-blowing He added, "The photo shoot happened and the picture was later shared on social media. It's the picture where I am seated on a chair. The reason we didn't share my look from the front angle was because I was looking like a school student. I then decided to put on weight. I told myself, "If you could cross 108 kilos and then reduce it, you can do it again. Your fans are waiting for you." I finally told Krishna that I would put on weight. The character that I have played is a very mature one, much older to my real age. I think I have given my best and hope you will appreciate it and it's to your liking."
He also thanked the film's director Krishna for completing the film, which was begun by Narthan, who had directed the original in Kannada, Mufti. He also praised the film's producer KE Gnanavel Raja and wished him luck for his upcoming projects Suriya42 and Thangaalan.