I'm fighting my own battles: Masaan actor Vicky Kaushal

  • Jigar Shah, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2015 08:33 IST
Vicky Kaushal wants to make a mark in Bollywood without help from his father, action director Shyam Kaushal. (Photo courtesy: Dabboo Ratnani)

He has garnered appreciation for his role in his latest release, Masaan, which also stars Richa Chadda. In fact, Vicky Kaushal also managed to impress Amitabh Bachchan, who had sent the young actor's father (Shyam Kaushal; action director and stunt coordinator) a congratulatory message after watching the film.

Here, Vicky talks about his journey in the industry, the appreciation he has received, and more.

You have been lauded for your performance in your latest film. How does it feel?

I feel I was fortunate to get a character like Deepak and a story like Masaan. For a debutant director (Neeraj Ghaywan), it's a huge risk to give a new boy a chance. Rajkummar Rao was supposed to do this role, and he was part of the film for over three years. But since there were date issues with him, I was called for an audition. I got a call from the makers in a week.


Vicky in a still from Masaan.

How has your journey in the industry been so far?
I always knew that I will have to find my own way in the industry. My father had told me that making a mark in Bollywood will be solely my fight. And as he said, I'm fighting my own battles.

Did you ever visit your father's sets while you were growing up?
The only time I went on the sets was when I was in the 10th standard. I wanted to meet Hrithik Roshan, as his first film, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), had just released. My dad's assistants had told me that Hrithik only meets those kids who dance well to 'Ek pal ka jeena' (a song from the film). So, I had practised for three days, but when he met me, he didn't ask me to dance. That's when I realised that those assistants were pulling my leg.

Big B congratulated your father after watching your film. Has any other actor praised your work?
Recently, I met Ranveer Singh for the first time when he came for the screening of my film. After watching it, he gave me a hug.

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