It’s a misty day in Lonavala. The cool breeze carries a chill on its back, while the rain plays peek-a-boo. The day is punctuated with stretches of noisy downpours and silent stillness. We are perched at an eco-resort called The Machan – A Tree House Resort in Lonavala. It is here and on the Mumbai-Lonavala highway that Bollywood heartthrob Vicky Kaushal revs up the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan and chats with us on his many journeys, including the journey within.
Tell us about your acting journey so far.
Vicky: My journey has been beautiful. I’ve learned a lot and got to work with some of the finest people in the industry. Sometimes, I feel I’m getting more than I dreamed of. This motivates me to keep pushing my own boundaries and to keep giving my best, because when you receive love from the audience, which I have received quite a bit, it puts you in a positive space.
Some might say that you have transitioned from being an actor to a star. What all has changed?
Vicky: More people know my name, more people take selfies. I’m getting to work with bigger directors and bigger producers on bigger films. The love that I’m receiving is rising exponentially.
A character that’s close to your heart and why?
Vicky: All the characters that I’ve played are close to my heart, because you give a part of yourself to every character, and the character too gives a part of itself to you. I guess playing Deepak in Masaan will always be special because certain things [about that role] changed my life for good.
What’s the equation between your travel and work?
Vicky: I think travelling goes in sync with my work because every new person that I meet and every new experience that I have makes my database as an actor richer. As actors, we believe that none of our experiences go to waste. Travelling enables us to meet new people, see new cultures, discover new dialects, new experiences—good, bad, ugly, fantastic—all of these are useful to us. Travelling is one of the best things to do for your own evolution.
How do you explore a place while on a shoot?
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