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Vijay Varma: After Pink, I only got offers to play the role of a molester on screen

Actor Vijay Varma talks about ‘almost’ getting typecast after playing the antagonist in Shoojit Sircar’s National Award winning film Pink.

bollywood Updated: Dec 16, 2017 13:13 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Vijay Verma,Pink,Amitabh Bachchan
Actor Vijay Verma has been a part of films such as Raag Desh, Monsoon Shootout, and Rangrezz (2013).

Actor Vijay Varma’s portrayal of the violent character Ankit Malhotra in the film Pink (2016) not only impressed the audience but also convinced filmmakers that he was perfect for playing negative roles. As a result, he has been approached for similar roles after the Amitabh Bachhan and Taapsee Pannu starrer’s release.

“Right after Pink, everyone wanted me to do a role where I would put a girl in the car and molest her. It’s funny that I was only offered roles, which would want me to be in a household where I am the nastiest fellow, or to put me in a situation where my character is abusing and cursing someone,” says the Hyderabad-born actor.

Vijay says that he was surprised that it was not just feature film roles which he got offered, but the impact of his character in the National Award winning film went across industries.

“I was really surprised when even directors who were making short films started offering me similar parts. Television show offers also required me to play a misogynistic husband or a chauvinistic boy. It was a very clear reflection of what they saw,” he shares.

The actor adds, “It’s pretty interesting that the trend could be so strong to see an actor only in a certain light and offer them the same thing.”

Vijay, who has been part of films such as Raag Desh and Rangrezz (2013), has also done short films like Counterfeit Kunkoo, which has been appreciated in international film festivals.

Talking about how a short film helps a filmmaker and an actor, the Films and Television Institute of India (FTII) graduate says, “Short films are for filmmakers what theatre is for actors. Actors do theatre before entering feature films. Similarly, directors practice with short films before making a full length film, like Shor In The City was a short film before it came as a feature film in 2011. I like the idea of it because it helps a filmmaker better understand the process of filmmaking.”

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First Published: Dec 16, 2017 13:13 IST