Ranbir to gain 12 to 15 kgs to play Kishore Kumar

After spelling magic with Anurag Basu’s ‘Barfi!, Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Basu are again teaming up for Basu’s next project which is a biopic on legendary singer and actor Kishore Kumar. To get into the role and to portray Kishore da, Ranbir has to put on weight. For a while, there has been a talk about the project and it was only recently, Ranbir gave his nod to UTV Pictures.

The role will require extensive research and preparation. Ranbir will require six months for preparation and the shooting will take one and a half year to complete. Ranbir will sport three different looks of Kishore Kumar as he will be playing three Kishore from the age of 19 till 58. The story doesn’t end here, the ‘Barfi boy will gain around 12 to 15 kgs to play older Kishore.

Ranbir has to undergo screen test for the role, "We did some look test of young Kishore Kumarji on him (Ranbir). We have gone through several such processes before zeroing in on him to play Kishoreda on screen," Basu said.

Kishore Kumar's son Amit Kumar will be closely associated with the film as it is very close to his heart and he will also sing few Kishore Kumar’s song.

Four heroines may be finalized opposite Ranbir Kapoor as Kishore Da had 4 wives namely Ruma Ghosh, Madhubala, Yogita Bali and Leena Chadavarkar.

"The film will have madness of Kishoreda. I am lucky that this came to me, UTV was planning this movie, Shomit had written a script. I am a big fan of him. I think he was the most colourful person, so full of life. That's why we thought of making a biopic on his life. It will be a very entertaining film," Basu promised.