Monkey Man is biggest opportunity being thrown at me, says Sikandar Kher

The actor gained 12 kg for Dev Patel’s directorial debut, which is due to be released on Netflix next year.

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Sikandar Kher has an exciting slate of upcoming projects. The actor, who turned 40 yesterday, will be seen this week in Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi (2021). Besides the Hindi film, Kher is also part of Vasan Bala's Monica, O My Darling and Dev Patel's directorial debut Money Man (2022).

The Hollywood film, which was filmed last year in Indonesia, is said to be ‘John Wick (2014) set in Mumbai’. Patel plays the lead role, a man who is out for revenge against those who wronged him and put him in prison. Kher and Sobhita Dhulipala, along with South African actor Sharlto Copley, play key parts in the saga.

Kher, who recently shared a photo from the Monkey Man set, had to undergo a physical transformation and gained 12 kg for the role. The actor had done this before as well for Abhishek Sharma’s Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive (2016). He played two characters, a CIA agent and a Punjabi NRI producer, and gained weight to play the latter.

Speaking about his transformation, Kher said, “Monkey Man is the biggest opportunity being thrown at me. It is one step ahead to reach out to a completely new audience. I wanted to give it my all. My part in the film requires a bulky figure and I have worked very hard to alter my structure to suit the role. An actor is only as good as his films. That's it. Life's thrown this huge opportunity towards me and I am working very hard to stay true to the character.”

“My reel life characters have been very personal for me,” he went on to say. “I try to look like them, think like them and act like them. It won't be wrong to say I like to get under the skin of every role that comes my way. Obviously, the change is a gradual process but then I feel confident now, confident enough to tell you that my part in Monkey Man is who I am at the moment.”

Monkey Man, written by Paul Angunawela, John Collee and Patel, is expected to be released on Netflix next year.

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