Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Pink is a movie that does not sermonise but highlights the skewed gender equations and all that‘s wrong with our society. While Amitabh Bachchan plays a saviour in the form of an advocate who does not contort things based on gender-prejudices, the film written by Ritesh Shah is full of people who represent the patriarchal mind set of our society.
Actor Vijay Varma, who plays Ankit Malhotra in Pink, knew it was a negative character and a first one for him. He plays the most evil of the bunch of guys the lead girls meet - the one who instigates Rajveer Singh (Angad Bedi) and eventually molests Meenal (Taapsee Pannu).
Talking to Hindustan Times, Vijay said it was the toughest scene he has ever done, “I had never essayed any role with even negative shades in the character and here was a role where I had to play a very bad man. The moment I read the molestation scene in the script, I knew I should sign the film as it is challenging as an actor.”
“I was one of the first actors they signed. So there was no star value attached to it , I signed Pink for its strong message and for the challenge that I saw in it for the actor in me,” Vijay added.
So how does one prepare for such a role? “I have grown up in Hyderabad, in a very simple neighbourhood. I never really met people with such mind set. It took me long to internalise that kind of abusive behaviour,” the actor said.
Vijay Varma began his acting journey as a theatre artiste in his home town Hyderabad. He worked on numerous plays before deciding to move to Pune for two years to get a formal education in acting at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
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His first acting job was in Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s short film titled Shor which was highly acclaimed at festivals and won the Best Short Film at MIAAC Film Festival, New York in 2008.
His first feature film which was also the opening film at the New York International Film Festival is director Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong where Vijay plays a young revolutionary dealing with a dark past and an uncertain future. He received positive response from critics and audience for his portrayal. The film won a Best Debut Director at National Film Awards, 2012.
He is now working on Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Yaara and Raag Desh.