Vicky Kaushal is an Indian actor who has emerged as one of the biggest names in Bollywood. He first gained recognition with his performance in the acclaimed independent film, Masaan and since then he has become a star in India’s movie industry. From big-budget blockbusters to critically acclaimed films, Vicky Kaushal’s career highlights include some of the most memorable roles in recent times. In this post, we will explore the life and career of Vicky Kaushal, from his early days to his current status as the
King of Bollywood
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Vicky Kaushal was born on 16 May 1988 into a middle-class family in Mumbai. His father, Sham Kaushal, is a well-known action director while his mother Veena Kaushal works as a homemaker. Kaushal completed his schooling at The Bombay Scottish School, Mahim and went on to study engineering at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology. Although he was pursuing engineering, he also harboured dreams of becoming an actor. After graduating in 2009, he joined Anupam Kher’s acting institute ‘Actor Prepares’ and started taking up small parts in television shows.
Breakthrough Performance in Masaan
In 2015, Kaushal got his big break with Neeraj Ghaywan’s debut feature film, Masaan. The movie won multiple awards at Cannes Film Festival and received critical acclaim for its story about death and love in Varanasi. With his portrayal of Deepak Chaudhary, Kaushal’s talent was noticed by critics and audiences alike. His performance even earned him two Best Actor nominations at the prestigious IIFA Awards that year. This marked the beginning of his successful career in Hindi cinema.
Lead Roles in Major Blockbusters
Since then, Kaushal has starred in many major blockbuster films such as Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019), Sanju (2018) and Raazi (2018). He has worked with A-list directors like Karan Johar and Rajkumar Hirani, further cementing his place as one of the leading actors of Bollywood today.
Receiving Critical Acclaim and Awards Nominations
Kaushal has consistently been receiving accolades for his outstanding performances. He has been nominated for various awards including Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards and International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFAs). He also became the first actor ever to win three Best Actor awards at one ceremony after being honoured at the 65th Filmfare Awards for his work in 2018 movies – Sanju, Raazi and Manmarziyaan.
Outside of acting, Kaushal has been involved in several philanthropic endeavors. He is known to have donated food items during Covid-19 pandemic and raised funds to help families affected by floods in Maharashtra. Moreover, he regularly supports causes related to education, animal welfare and climate change.
Successful Ventures Outside of Acting
Kaushal’s success isn’t limited just to acting. He recently ventured into production with the launch of his own banner called ‘Karan Singh Grover Productions’. Under the banner, he produced the short film Pippa which released last year. Additionally, Kaushal has featured in several advertisements for popular brands and endorses them on social media as well.
Unique Approach to Characters and Role Selection
What sets Kaushal apart from other stars is his unique approach to selecting characters and scripts. Instead of playing stereotypical leads or larger than life heroes, Kaushal often chooses complex characters that are offbeat yet real. Be it Major Vihaan Shergill from URI or Kamli from Raman Raghav 2.0 or Gangster Gaitonde from Sacred Games – all these characters possess remarkable depth which is reflective of Kaushal’s diverse choices when it comes to role selection.
Currently, Vicky Kaushal has several projects lined up in 2021. These include Sam Manekshaw biopic directed by Meghna Gulzar; Karan Johar’s period drama Takht; horror-comedy Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship opposite Bhumi Pednekar; Udham Singh biopic co-starring Shraddha Kapoor; Arjun Patiala with Diljit Dosanjh and many more.
Personal Style and Brand Associations
Offscreen, Vicky Kaushal maintains a sharp personal style. He is associated with high-end fashion labels such as Dior Men and Ermenegildo Zegna. His association with these brands has helped him build a strong presence on social media as he frequently posts pictures featuring outfits from these designers. Besides fashion labels, he also endorses various grooming products such as Gillette ProShield Chill Men’s Razor Blade Refills and Rooh Afza sharbat among others.
From humble beginnings to achieving stardom, Vicky Kaushal has come a long way within a span of six years. Today, he stands tall amongst some of the biggest names in the Indian movie industry due to his amazing body of work. We look forward to seeing what other milestones the talented actor achieves next!