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Vicky Kaushal Interview: “I am a big admirer of Alia’s work”

Actor Vicky Kaushal who had impressed the critics with his performance in Masaan (2015) will be next seen in an upcoming Indian period thriller film Raazi. The film is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat, about an Indian spy married to a Pakistani military officer during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Vicky will be seen opposite actress Alia Bhatt in the film. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Raazi is scheduled to release on May 11.

In an interview with Cinespeaks, Vicky Kaushal speaks about the film.

Q: What made you say yes to Raazi?
Vicky: The storyline of the film is extremely interesting. The script excited me and intrigued me immensely. Also, the people associated with the film was one of the reasons to take up Raazi.

Q: What is your opinion on the underperforming success rate of Hindi films?
Vicky: I don’t consider myself as a qualified person to comment on this topic. I am myself a newbie in the industry and I also want to know as to why the success rate is decreasing. I think this is a phase of change and any form of change takes some time to settle.

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Q: How was the experience of working with Alia Bhatt?
Vicky: I am a huge admirer of her work. I was blown away by her performance in Udta Punjab. She did complete justice to her character. She is very easy to work with and is extremely honest with her performance. She acts from her heart and is a fantastic actor. As a human being too, she is very modest and grounded. She is simple and hard working.

Q: Do you think Raazi will give you a pan Indian exposure?
Vicky: I would really like to believe that. I am working with a popular female actress of our country (Alia Bhatt) and a brilliant director like Meghna Gulzar. The film is backed by a successful production house like Dharma Productions. So, I really hope that Raazi will find the audience and give me a pan Indian exposure.

Q: How was the experience of working with filmmaker Meghna Gulzar?
Vicky: Meghna is a fantastic director. She is full of warmth and compassion. She always makes sure that everyone around her is taken good care and loved. I felt nurtured and nourished while working with her. She and Alia are gem of human beings and I became a better person by being in their company.

Q: Did you feel pressurised to bring in the authenticity to your character of Iqbal?
Vicky: It was challenging to understand the deep layers of my character. Thankfully, Meghna guided me extremely well and made me understand the various layers of my character. We had plenty of script reading sessions and workshops. Every scene was understood and rehearsed properly. There are a lot of scenes in the film where silence speaks volumes than the dialogues.

Q: What was the takeaway after playing your character in the film?
Vicky: On a personal level, I would like to be a husband like Iqbal when I get married in my life. That’s my takeaway from my character.

Q: How did you tackle rejection in your career?
Vicky: I graduated as an Engineer in the year 2009 and started doing theatre in 2011. I faced a lot of rejection and knocked plenty of doors for auditions. It is really hard to find the exact place where auditions are taking place. Also, there is a brutal reality check at every step when an actor gives audition. People say all kinds of things and we have to bear that.

Q: Any directorial abilities in future since you were an Assistant Director for Gangs of Wasseypur?
Vicky: Direction is a huge responsibility. It takes a lifetime of an experience to direct a film. I really don’t have any directorial abilities as of now since I am still trying to get better in the field of acting.

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