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Vicky Kaushal

The engineer-turned-actor, acclaimed for his debut in Masaan, on his upcoming film, Raman Raghav 2.0, and what living the Bollywood life feels like.

Vicky Kaushal
Vicky Kaushal
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2016-06-25T11:45:27+0530

How was it working with Anurag Kashyap and Nawazuddin Siddiqui?

Bagging RR 2.0 was special as I assisted Anurag Kashyap on Gangs of Wasseypur. Being directed by him was a surreal feeling.

Didn’t you lock yourself up to prepare yourself for the Raman Raghav 2.0 audition?

I needed to isolate myself, and was not in touch with friends or family.

Was all of it taxing?

Physically, the role of a drug-addict was dem­anding. I was on a lean diet, even low on water!

From engineering to Bollywood?

As a kid I was interested in studies, cri­c­ket and movies. In my second year of engineering I stepped into a company and knew it wasn’t for me.

Was it in any way helpful that you have a father who is part of Bollywood?

My father was inspiring. He’s self-made—from a stunt man in 1978 to where he has reached now.

Your go-to movie?

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar and 12 Angry Men.

Who’s the actor you look up to?

I have two—Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.

What do you make of the rec­ent controversies surrounding the censor board?

I think the Udta Punjab episode has been an eye-opener for many. If an artist feels restricted, there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

What about many new actors kick-starting their careers as assistant directors?

When I started, I wanted to understand how all the pieces fit in the big puzzle of Bollywood.

Any coveted role?

On my to-do list is a silent character, because that would be a real challenge. Also Rocky, from the Rocky series.

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