Says Tigmanshu, who has just completed Shagird with Rimi, Nana Patekar and Mohit Ahlawat, "I don't know if she weighs 160 kilos or not but yes, Rimi is playing an extremely obese girl in my next film with Govinda which starts next month. While in Shagird, Rimi plays a journalist; in this film, Rimi's character, under interesting circumstances, meets Chi Chi, who is a conman, and gets attracted to him."
Rimi will not be putting on the required weight for the role. Tigmanshu laughs, "I don't think it's humanly possible to put on so much weight in such a short time. We will be using prosthetics and body suits to show the weight. The shooting will be in London and the prosthetics company will come from there." Tigmanshu adds that he was initially apprehensive about approaching Rimi for the role. "She has a hot and glamorous image and I didn't know whether she would be keen to do something so de-glamourised.
I had the story of the Govinda film while making Shagird and asked Rimi one day tentatively if she would be interested in such a story. I have to say Rimi was extremely sporting about it and immediately agreed after I gave her a script narration."
The prosthetic process (very expensive) involves taking a face cast of the actor and sculpting a clay mask over it. Once the mould is made, foam latex is poured into it and it is baked. Each mask can be used only once. That means 30 masks for a 30-day shoot. The body suit is made much the same way, over a body-cast of the actor, with huge foam rubber bladders filled with air or, sometimes, water. But these can be reused. The make-up process is tedious and takes more than four hours to put on and two hours to take off).
Anil Kapoor had acted as an obese Raja (at 200 kgs) in love with Satish Kaushik's Badhai Ho Badhai. Anil had eaten to put on weight and used prosthetics and a body suit.