Vicky Kaushal is the man of the hour, he has been entertaining us right from the time he came made in debut in MASSAN. After that he went on to cease our heart with his stellar performances in RAMAN RAGHVAN, MANMAZIYAAN, RAAZI, LUST STORIES, LOVE PER SQUARE FEET and the recent one URI. He will now be seen in Karan Johar’s next TAKTH. As Vicky Kaushal’s URI has shattered box office records, Vicky who has never shied away from showing his caliber in roles which connect to the audience in the happiest phase of his life as all his films have led to success one after another. His roles didn’t make him stereotype and he is coined as the actor of the millennium.
In conversation with Vicky Kaushal as he speaks about his choice of films to giving back-to-back hits and also spills beans on the success of URI.
Excerpts from the interview:
Uri has got tremendous response and has created tremendous amount of josh at the box office did you expect that?
The response we’re getting is a pleasant surprise for us. We had hopes that the movie does well but didn’t expect the numbers we’ve collected and the applause that we’re getting. It was surprising for us as well.
Has the success synced in as Republic Day is also around the corner how elated are you for the week?
All these claps are very big compliment for us as people don’t usually do that in movie halls. Our motive was to bring a patriotic feeling in everyone and make them feel proud about Indian army and everyone after seeing the movie are having the same feelings. That’s a brilliant emotional connection which has happened successfully.
There are certain scenes in the films that moved us how difficult/easy was it for you to get out from the character?
As an actor these scenes excite me where I don’t have the luxury of words. I didn’t had any words nor could I make any body movements so as an actor, there’s a lot of scope where you can prove a lot of things, it’s a test for you as well. When we were shooting that scene of a small girl yelling, none of us were facing her and when she yelled, we all were so shocked and we could sense the emotion right away. We all had goosebumps and that effect was not only on the screen but also was behind screen. That energy is what is getting reflected on what you see on the big screen.
Vicky now that you’ve become a bankable actor, do you have a sense of pressure while selecting a script?
I’ll work in the same manner as I’ve been doing. It’s really important to being honest and truthful in the work that you do. But now is the time when I can’t take all this granted. I don’t want to take anything lightly and work harder. I don’t want to take success or failure too seriously. It’s a good phase where I am getting the opportunity to work with great directors and in great stories, so I won’t ever take it for granted.
Have you been too selective in terms of the movies you work in?
It’s been like this since the start. I waited for a story like RAMAN RAGHAV. I tried opening windows for the audience. They don’t make you stereotype, you make yourself a stereotype. I keep testing myself and try different roles. Now I’m shooting for a horror movie, this is the first time I’m trying horror.
Which film was the game changer for you?
My first film, MASAAN had given me lot credibility. And because it was such an underdog film, no one had any expectations from it but everyone who was associated with that film got credibility. So it opened a lot of doors for me. But SANJU gave me a chance to reach out to everyone worldwide. It gave me a great base.
There was a time when patriotic films had an ongoing phase in India but then that faded away. Do you think that phase will restart?
I really hope that phase starts again. Because there are so many interesting stories to be told. When you talk with an army person, you get to know so many incredible stories that as a citizen of a country you feel that this story should reach people. Like Aditya Dhar thought about URI. Now DIL MANGE MORE is also coming out by Dharma, so films on army are coming out and that’s great.
Are you happy working in multi-starrer film?
We always feel happy about any film’s success because every film is made with team efforts. Nowadays great stories are made into films with great concepts and that’s what makes a way to audience’s heart. The casting also matters for numbers and occupancy in theatres but the concept is more important according to me. So it’s not important for me whether I’m the main hero or side hero, I want to be a part of script where the script is the hero. Thankfully I’ve got opportunities to work in such great scripts with great directors, hopefully this continues in the future.
As your next is TAKTH, this is a period drama what is that one role you would want to do?
I always wanted to do a period drama and I am glad that I am doing it, apart from that I want to explore comedy films, Although I have done a bit in SANJU I would want to a lot more in that space.
Out of all the roles which one did you enjoy the most?
My first film MASSAN is very special to me, apart from that I enjoyed the role of DJ in MANMARZIYAAN, I did something which I wasn’t aware I would do. That was indeed a film that showed a new side of me.
How was it meeting PM Modi?
It was great. It was truly an honor. It was a half an hour meeting and it was great.
How did your family and 'special friends ' react to the success of your film URI?
All my special friends and family members are happy with the success of our film.
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