“Karan Johar Told Me That Meghna Gulzar Found Me Suitable For Raazi !”
He’s charming, charismatic and definitely, the next big thing. In a short span of time, Vicky kaushal has made a mark in the industry like no other. In a candid chat with Shivani Bisht, the actor shares his experience of his latest hit Raazi, working with “the best” and more. Read on… How did Raazi happen?
I got a call from Karan Johar and he told me Meghna Gulzar was making a film and she found me suitable for a part in the film. He said, ‘Why don’t you come to the office and meet her’. So, I went to the Dharma office and met Meghna. I have been a huge admirer of her film Talvar so I was delighted to have met her. She gave me a gist of the story and told met, ‘I want to take you for two scenes and then we will know how to go about it.’ So we did a screen test of sorts. I didn’t know that Alia was also going to be a part of it. She was very sweet to have joined in just to give me a cue. And the next day, I got a call. They said that you are our ‘Iqbal’, we are sending you the script. They asked me to read it. I read the script and was blown away, and I felt it would be an honour to be a part of the film.
It has been six years for Alia in the industry and you have been working for the last three years. How does it feel to be a part of the industry at a time when it is growing rapidly?
It makes me feel good. I feel blessed that these are the opportunities I am getting. These are the filmmakers who are trusting me with parts in the film. And these are the co-actors who are ready to work with me. So I really feel nice. This is a really great phase that the film industry is going through. Where there are parts written like Iqbal, where there are stories made like Raazi. There are big banners like Dharma and Junglee backing it who make sure that they are reaching the audience on a wider scale.
Can you share any moment that you may have shared with Alia on the sets? Any fun or serious incident?
I don’t think many people know this but Alia is one of the most accident prone human beings I’ve ever met in my entire life. There were times when we were waiting for Alia to come on the sets and if there was any sound like uh, aah, ouch!, you know that Alia is in the room because unhone kahin apna pair bed pe mar liya hai. If she is the one who is handling a gun, toh saamne wale ko darr kam lagta hain. Woh pehle chot khud ko pohchayegi phir samne wale ko maregi so that is one thing about Alia which is really cute. Vicky, you will be seen in Sanju and Manmarziyaan. Can you tell us about the characters in those films? Main actually kahaani ya kirdaar ke baare main kuch nahi bol sakta. Main toh ucchal raha hoon andar se batane ke liye but I will tell more about these films at the right time because I have been told to wait. Sanju was an amazing experience as an actor. It is being made by one of my favourite directors. It’s really overwhelming for me because in 2015, I made my debut as an actor and by 2018, I get to act in films directed by these directors consecutively. It feels great that when I am just learning to walk, these directors catch my hand and tell me “Hum tujhe chalna sikhate hain”.