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Rajkumar Hirani’s directorial ‘Sanju‘ a biopic on the controversial life of actor Sanjay Dutt is garnering positive responses from critics and fans. The movie has turned out to be a major game changer for Ranbir Kapoor’s career who needed a hit after facing a slump at the box office with most of his last releases. It is not only the Kapoor scion but ‘Masaan’ actor Vicky Kaushal too, who has walked away with accolades for his role of Kamli, who is Sanju’s friend in the film.
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Vicky with his sensitive eyes and an ability to deliver the goods has become the latest poster boy of Bollywood but his feet are very much grounded on earth. The son of action director Shyam Kaushal, of films like ‘Krrish’, ‘Dhoom’ and ‘Dangal’has made it in Tinseltown all due to his grit and determination.
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Vicky started his journey as an assistant director on Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. Not many know Vicky had also auditioned for the role of Farhan Akhtar’s friend’s part in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ which he did not get. After some blink and miss roles in ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’ and ‘Bombay Velvet’, he finally bagged ‘Zubaan’. But it was his soulful act in ‘Masaan’ that made Bollywood sit up and notice his talent. He brought alive the angst of his character on screen with a finesse.
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Vicky bagged ‘Masaan’ and playing a Banarasi boy was not easy for the actor. But he took up the challenge and came out a winner. Kaushal brought alive Deepak’s insecurities and aspirations at the same time exposing the hypocrisy of society with finesse. Though he had first signed ‘Zubaan’ it was ‘Masaan’ that brought him fame.
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His next film ‘Love Per Square Feet’ brought alive his light-hearted side and it was as different from ‘Masaan’ as chalk and cheese. But the actor managed to capture the attention of the masses as the utterly relatable Sanjay Chaturvedi. The film was released only on Netflix.
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In ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ he was pitted against powerhouse performer Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Despite Siddiqui’s presence Kaushal managed to hold his own and at no point does the actor cow down under Nawaz’s shadow. He manages to keep you at the edge of your seat as Raghuvendra Singh Ubbi in the noir thriller.
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‘Zubaan’ didn’t garner much attention in India. Though audience fell in love with the Punjabi rockstar Dilsher, Vicky’s character in it. The movie also went on to be the first Bollywood film to open the 20th edition of the Busan International Film Festival.
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As Iqbal Syed in ‘Raazi’ he proved to the world once again that he is an actor of substance, can make his character stand out even if he has limited screen space. Kaushal stood out in each frame and entered hearts as the man in uniform. He definitely aces in playing nuanced characters and the best scene from the Meghna Gulzar directorial is the one where the husband-wife confront each other with a gun in hand.
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After winning hearts as Iqbal from ‘Raazi’, Vicky went on to play Paras an average Indian husband in Karan Johar’s segment of ‘Lust Stories’. And he has easily managed to pull off all these different characters thanks to his sheer talent.
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Finally, as Kamli in ‘Sanju’, we can easily say that if Ranbir Kapoor is the body then Vicky is the soul of the film. The duo has truly complimented each other and it is a treat to watch their onscreen bromance.
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Now we can just not wait to see him in ‘Manmarziyaan’ which is currently in the filming phase. The film stars Abhishek Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu too. He is also a part of ‘Uri’, co-starring Yami Gautam.