6 December 2012 2:47 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Who would think Akshay Kumar with his lean wiry look and super-fit physique would need to lose more weight for a role? For his army captain's role in A R Murugadoss' remake of his Tamil hit Thuppakki, Akshay Kumar has been asked lose 7 kgs. Pronto! Because the shooting starts on December 20, since the Christmas week is considered lucky by Murugadoss. Says a source close to the Tamil director, "He released his Ghajini in December. Since then Murugadoss has been excessively attached to the Christmas season. He was keen on starting the Hindi Thuppakki in the Christmas week. And Akshay was happy to oblige. The only problem is, he has two weeks to lose at least 5 kgs, and some more later to play an army captain at least 12 years junior to Akshay's biological age." Akshay would also sport an army officer's hair and look. Explains Murugadoss, "The soldier-hero is never really shown in the army. »


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