VIKRANT MASSEY
Man's World|March 2021
TYPECAST FOR TOO LONG AS THE LEADING MAN'S WELL-INTENTIONED BROTHER OR BEST FRIEND, THE ACTOR IS NOW MERCIFULLY BEGINNING TO TAKE THE WELL-DESERVED CENTRE STAGE
SAMREEN TUNGEKAR

I don’t know how far behind can you look when you think about Vikrant Massey, but I watched a lot of TV, and I can go right back to 2007, his second stint, in this Disney show called Dhoom Machao Dhoom, where he played a shy boy, Aamir. Also, not to sound uncool, but I also remember him in Balika Vadhu, as this progressive village lad who falls in love with and marries a pregnant child widow, and that was even more endearing than his previous cute boy act.

Cut to watching him as fuckboy Pradeep in Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, where you just want to strangle him with your bare hands for cheating the innocent, sweet Kitty (Bhumi Pednekar), giving her false hopes of love just to get into her pants. The common element between all the characters Massey plays, is that of conviction. If you go through Massey’s filmography, you notice that little by little, he has really stepped on every rung of the ladder to climb his way to the top. He did the small roles, he did the sidey roles, and within a couple of years of being one of many TV faces, Massey landed Lootera as Ranveer Singh’s aide and accomplice, only to then do Dil Dhadakne Do, where yet again, in a sea of talented actors including Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah, Massey made his presence felt in the storyline. But one performance that, in my opinion, has not been celebrated enough, is his Shutu in A Death In The Gunj. A shy university student blatantly looked down upon by his ‘cool’ cousins, this was Massey’s first of many complex, nuanced characters that established his acting credentials like no other. You feel for the socially awkward Shutu, as he does whatever someone asks to fit in, including giving in to a drunk Kalki’s advances, and then being rejected by her. The Konkona Sensharma directorial was his first lead role in a film, and there’s been no looking back.

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