Riz Ahmed reveals undergoing major weight transformation to portray rapper in new film Mogul Mowgli

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    Riz Ahmed reveals undergoing major weight transformation to portray rapper in new film Mogul Mowgli


    Riz Ahmed has revealed undergoing a major weight transformation for his latest role in Mogul Mowgli.

    The 38-year-old actor told IndieWire the intense physical demands improved his performance as a New York-based British-Pakistani rapper diagnosed with a degenerative autoimmune disease.

    ‘I lost [about 22 pounds] in three weeks. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I had a professional dietician working with me, but it was really grueling and took me emotionally to an intense place, which probably informed the movie. That was a big part of it, being in a place of weakness and fatigue and insatiable hunger,’ Riz said.

    Weight transformation: Riz Ahmed, shown in April in Los Angeles, has revealed undergoing a major weight transformation for his latest role in Mogul Mowgli

    Weight transformation: Riz Ahmed, shown in April in Los Angeles, has revealed undergoing a major weight transformation for his latest role in Mogul Mowgli

    Riz cited Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya, 32, to put his weight loss in context.

    ‘Dan Kaluuya said something I liked: ”If you’re in your head, you’re dead.” I think that’s true. Acting has to be in your body. Anything that brings you into your body centers you, and you can perform in that place,’ Riz said.

    Riz and Mogul Mowgli director Bassam Tariq, 34, wrote the Mogul Mowgli screenplay and it was filmed in 2019 in London.

    The actor as a rapper formerly used the stage name Riz MC.

    Drama film: The 38-year-old actor is shown in a still from Mogul Mowgli as a New York-based British-Pakistani rapper diagnosed with a degenerative autoimmune disease

    Drama film: The 38-year-old actor is shown in a still from Mogul Mowgli as a New York-based British-Pakistani rapper diagnosed with a degenerative autoimmune disease

    Mogul Mowgli was released Friday in the US after being released in the UK in October 2020.

    Riz portrayed rock drummer Ruben Stone in the drama Sound Of Metal and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

    He walked the red carpet at the Oscars with his novelist wife Fatima Farheen Mirza in their first public appearance together. 

    Talented actor: Riz, shown in February 2020 in Berlin, portrayed rock drummer Ruben Stone in the drama Sound Of Metal and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor

    Talented actor: Riz, shown in February 2020 in Berlin, portrayed rock drummer Ruben Stone in the drama Sound Of Metal and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor

    Riz has a starring role in the British sci-fi thriller Encounter.

    The film by director Michael Pearce had its world premiere last Friday at the 48th Telluride Film Festival and will have its international premiere this Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Bassam will be the director of the upcoming Marvel movie Blade currently in pre-production.

    The director: Mogul Mowgli director Bassam Tariq, shown in February 2020 in Berlin, will be the director of the upcoming Marvel movie Blade currently in pre-production

    The director: Mogul Mowgli director Bassam Tariq, shown in February 2020 in Berlin, will be the director of the upcoming Marvel movie Blade currently in pre-production

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