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Sohum Shah to play scam-tainted politician Lalu Prasad in web-series

Shah is undergoing intense preparations in Bhopal to get into the skin of the veteran former Bihar chief minister and Union railway minister.

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After getting rave reviews for his performance in the period horror film Tumbbad (2018), Sohum Shah bagged a role in the biographical crime film The Big Bull (2020). After finishing shooting for the latter, he is all set to play Bihar’s former chief minister Lalu Prasad in an upcoming web-series. 

The actor is, expectedly, undergoing training sessions in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, as part of his preparations for the role. 'He has put the lockdown period to good use and has undergone a physical transformation to replicate the character of Lalu Prasad,' read a statement from the makers of the show.

'People will see numerous layers of him in the series. For this stint, Sohum has been following a strict routine. This time the makers have asked him to gain weight and Sohum is leaving no stone unturned to achieve the desired physique,' the statement said.

Lalu Prasad, president of the Rashtriya Janata Dal party, has been a member of Parliament and Union railway minister. Born on 11 June 1948, he began as a student leader during the Navnirman movement led by the Socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan in the early 1970s and became the youngest member of Parliament at the age of 29 in 1977.

He is also infamous for his involvement in the fodder scam in Bihar in the 1990s, for which he was convicted and is currently serving a jail term in Ranchi, capital of Jharkhand.