Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal born 16 May 1988) is an Indian actor who works in Hindi films. He is the recipient of a National Film Award and a Filmfare Award, and has appeared in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list of 2019.

His younger brother, Sunny, is also an actor. His family is Punjabi. Kaushal has described himself as a "regular kid who was interested in studying, playing cricket and watching movies".

His father was keen on his son having a stable career and Kaushal thus pursued an engineering degree in electronics and telecommunications from Mumbai's Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology.

During an industrial visit to an IT company, he realised that an office job would be unsuitable for him and he began aspiring to a career in film. He briefly took on an engineering job and began accompanying his father on film sets.

Born to the action director Sham Kaushal, Kaushal pursued an engineering degree from the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology. 

Aspiring to take up a career in film, he assisted Anurag Kashyap in the crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and went on to play minor roles in two of Kashyap's productions.

Before Masaan, actor Vicky Kaushal used to wander about the streets of Bandra, Oshiwara and Versova to check for any auditions, carrying his bag filled with all sorts of clothes from casuals to formals to kurta-pajamas.

Vicky Kaushal

He was first seen as the male lead of the romantic comedy Love per Square Foot, India's first Netflix original film.Shweta Ramakrishnan of Firstpost considered the chemistry between Kaushal and his co-star Angira Dhar to be the film's highlight.He next featured in Meghna Gulzar's spy thriller Raazi (2018), based on Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat. 

Set during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the film tells the real-life story of a young Indian girl from Kashmir (played by Alia Bhatt) who marries a Pakistani army officer (Kaushal) to spy for Indian intelligence. 

He was drawn to the humanity he found in the story and worked towards conveying both vulnerability and authoritative strength in his character.

The film emerged as one of the highest-grossing Hindi films featuring a female protagonist and Meena Iyer of Daily News and Analysis commended Kaushal for being "the correct foil" to Bhatt's character.

His first leading role was in the independent drama Masaan (2015), which earned him the IIFA and Screen Awards for Best Male Debut, following which he starred as an unhinged cop in Kashyap's psychological thriller Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016).

Kaushal rose to prominence in 2018 with supporting roles in Raazi and Sanju, two of the highest-grossing Hindi films of the year.He won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Sanju. 

Vicky Kaushal

His 2018 projects also included starring roles in the Netflix films Love per Square Foot and Lust Stories. The following year, he played the lead role of a military officer in the commercially successful action film Uri: The Surgical Strike, winning the National Film Award for Best Actor.

What Next For Vicky Kaushal?

Kaushal will next portray the freedom fighter Udham Singh, who assassinated Michael O'Dwyer, in a biopic directed by Shoojit Sircar, after which he will star as the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in Takht, a historical drama directed by Johar, which features an ensemble cast, including Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Bhumi Pednekar.

He has also committed to reunite with Dhar and Gulzar in an action film about the mythological character Ashwatthama and a biopic of the army officer Sam Manekshaw, respectively.

Some lesser Known facts about Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal

  • For his iconic drunk scene in Masaan, Vicky Kaushal, who does not drink, insisted on drinking real alcohol and ended up getting so involved in the scene that he actually cried.
  • Vicky Kaushal was almost not cast for Raman Raghav 2.0 as Anurag Kashyap said he could not visualise him essaying a negative character. However, Vicky convinced Anurag Kashyap to give him a chance to audition and finally got the part.
  • Vicky Kaushal made it to Forbes' list of 30 under 30 in 2018.
  • Vicky Kaushal was offered the part of Ratan Singh in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. However, due to certain reasons, the actor turned it down and the role went to Shahid Kapoor.

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