Vicky Kaushal

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Vicky Kaushal
Vicky Kaushal in 2017.jpg
Kaushal at an event for MAMI in 2017
Born (1988-05-16) 16 May 1988 (age 30)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Education Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology
Occupation Actor
Years active 2012–present

Vicky Kaushal (born 16 May 1988) is an Indian actor who works in Hindi films. Born to the action director Sham Kaushal, he pursued an engineering degree from the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology. Aspiring to a career in film, Kaushal assisted Anurag Kashyap in the crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and went on to play minor roles in two of Kashyap's productions. His first leading role was in the independent drama Masaan (2015), which earned him the IIFA and Screen Awards for Best Male Debut.

Following the leading role of 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 also starred in the Netflix films Love per Square Foot and Lust Stories.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and work (1988–2016)[edit]

Kaushal was born on 16 May 1988 in a chawl in suburban Mumbai to Sham Kaushal, a stuntman and subsequent action director in Hindi films.[1][2][3] His younger brother, Sunny, is also an actor.[4] His family is Punjabi.[5] Kaushal has described himself as a "regular kid who was interested in studying, playing cricket and watching movies".[2] 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.[6] 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.[2][6] He studied acting at Kishore Namit Kapoor's academy and worked as an assistant director to Anurag Kashyap in the two-part crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur (2012).[6][7] Kaushal has described fond memories of working with Kashyap, whom he considers as his mentor.[8] He also began working on stage and had his first acting job in Manav Kaul's production of Laal Pencil.[6] In film, Kaushal played minor roles in Kashyap’s productions Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2012) and Bombay Velvet (2015), and the experimental short film Geek Out (2013).[6][9]

Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi, his co-star in Masaan (2015)

Kaushal played his first leading role in the independent drama Masaan (2015) directed by Neeraj Ghaywan. Kaushal and Ghaywan were both assistants on Gangs of Wasseypur, and he was cast in the film after Rajkummar Rao backed out.[10] To play a young man from a low socio-economic class yearning for a better life, Kaushal spent time in Benaras, where the film is set, and observed the mannerisms of local men.[11] The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard segment at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it won two awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize.[12] Masaan earned critical acclaim and The New York Times considered it to be a leading example of increased realism in Indian cinema.[13][14] Nikhil Taneja of HuffPost termed Kaushal's performance “poignant and memorable” and Anuj Kumar of The Hindu wrote that "he effortlessly conveys both the inferiority complex and the attitude of breaking through the caste cauldron".[15][16] His performance won him the IIFA and Screen Awards for Best Male Debut, and a nomination for the Asian Film Award for Best Newcomer, among other accolades.[17][18][19]

The 2015 Busan International Film Festival marked the release of the drama Zubaan, which Kaushal had filmed before Masaan.[5] His role was that of a grieving man who starts stammering after the death of his father. He worked with a speech therapist to learn stammering patterns and spent time with some of the doctor's patients. After completing work on the film, Kaushal found it difficult to distance from the character and began to stammer in real life.[11] His performance led Justin Chang of Variety to label him as a "charismatic, naturally engaging talent".[20] In Kashyap's psychological thriller Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016), Kaushal played a drug-addicted police officer in pursuit of the serial killer Raman Raghav (portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui).[5] The troubled and unbalanced character had little in common with Kaushal's own personality, and to convince Kashyap to cast him, he lived in isolation for five days and kept repeating lines from the script.[8] Writing for Rediff.com, Aseem Chhabra found his performance "brave" and added, “If there is one big surprise in Raman Raghav 2.0, it is Vicky Kaushal’s star-making performance."[21] Both Zubaan and Raman Raghav 2.0 failed to find a wide audience at the box office.[22]

Breakthrough (2018 onward)[edit]

Kaushal at a promotional event for Raazi in 2018

Forbes India featured Kaushal in their 30 Under 30 list of 2018, and he achieved his breakthrough that year.[23][24] He was first seen as the male lead of the romantic comedy Love per Square Foot, India's first Netflix original film.[25] Shweta Ramakrishan of Firstpost considered the chemistry between Kaushal and his co-star Angira Dhar to be the film's highlight.[26] 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 gets married to 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.[27] 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.[28][29] His second Netflix production of the year was the anthology film Lust Stories. It consists of four short films dealing with female sexuality; Kaushal was seen in Karan Johar’s segment as a newly married man who fails to recognise his wife’s (played by Kiara Advani) sexual dissatisfaction.[30]

Kaushal’s most commercially successful release of 2018 came with Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju, a biopic of the troubled actor Sanjay Dutt, who was portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor in the film. Kaushal played his best friend Kamli, a fictionalised amalgamation of various real-life friends of Dutt.[31] In preparation, he spent time with Paresh Ghelani, who served as the primary inspiration for the role.[31] Rachit Gupta from The Times of India considered Kaushal's work to be “one of the finest performances in the film” and Samrudhi Ghosh of India Today wrote that he “holds his own against Ranbir’s superlative performance, and shines in the funny as well as emotional scenes”.[32][33] Both Raazi and Sanju proved to be among the highest-grossing Hindi films of 2018, and with earnings of over 5.79 billion (US$84 million), the latter ranks among Indian cinema's biggest grossers.[34][35]

Upcoming projects[edit]

As of August 2018, Kaushal has three upcoming projects. He has completed work on the romantic drama Manmarziyaan, which reunites him with Kashyap. The film, set in Punjab and co-starring Abhishek Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu, will be released in September 2018.[36] He is filming in Siberia for Uri, an action thriller based on the 2016 Uri attack, co-starring Yami Gautam. Kaushal injured his arm while filming an action sequence in it.[37] Kaushal has also committed to feature in Takht, a historical drama directed by Karan Johar, which features an ensemble cast including Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor, and Anil Kapoor.[38]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur Assistant director
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Young Omi
2013 Geek Out Geek Short film
2015 Bombay Velvet Inspector Basil
2015 Masaan Deepak
2015 Zubaan Dilsher
2016 Raman Raghav 2.0 Raghav Singh
2018 Love per Square Foot Sanjay
2018 Raazi Iqbal Syed
2018 Lust Stories Paras Karan Johar's segment
2018 Sanju Kamlesh "Kamli" Kanhaiyalal Kapasi
2018 Manmarziyaan Film has yet to be released Vicky Completed; also playback singer for song "F For Fyaar"[39]
2019 Uri Film has yet to be released TBA Filming[37]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
2016 Masaan Zee Cine Award Best Male Debut Won [40]
Screen Awards Best Male Debut Won [17]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Male Won [18]
Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer Nominated [19]
Stardust Awards Best Acting Debut (Male) Nominated [41]
2018 Sanju Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best Supporting Performance Won [42]

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