The Perceptive Protagonist; Vikrant Massey

In a selected scene from the movie A Death In The Gunj, it’s miles revealed that Shutu, Vikrant Massey’s character, has written down his favourite phrases starting with the letter ‘E’ in a diary. Among others, the listing carries 3 wonderful words that may be poetically used as adjectives to describe Vikrant Massey — the actor, as well as the person; the phrases being esoteric, eclectic, and egalitarian.

The esotericism and eclecticism may be attributed to Vikrant’s ‘non-mainstream’ take on each films and existence, which regularly displays in his desire of roles. In fact, the raw vulnerability of Shutu, intertwined together with his steady warfare to ‘belong’, can be prolonged as an allegory to the cast of the film itself (and on a bigger context, the film enterprise), in which Vikrant, seemingly the underdog, rises up to the herculean assignment of playing the protagonist in a celeb-studded solid, along with Om Puri, Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin, Tilottama Shome, and Jim Sarbh.

He is prepared to reiterate that with Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak, which perhaps will take an area of delight as one of the maximum ‘essential’ movies of 2020, regardless of liberating as early as on January 10. His first ever mainstream Bollywood film as a lead no longer simplest tells the extraordinary story of the grit of an acid assault survivor, it also stars one of the pinnacle actors of the usa, the one and handiest Deepika Padukone.

Vikrant discusses cinema, existence, passion, and a chain of firsts in our maiden cover tale of the decade, with childlike zest and inimitable candor — which poetically is also the primary ever cover he has seemed on. The egalitarianism bit, the third qualifier noted in the starting, could be obvious by using the cease of this interview.

How does it sense to begin the year, in addition to the decade, with such an critical movie like Chhapaak?

I experience blessed. This movie could be very near our hearts. With it being one of the first movies of the year and additionally being such an important movie, there is a sense of obligation in addition to nervousness. As of now, it has been acquired properly and there have been very high quality reviews, however let’s see. Hopefully the target audience too will admire the film, as soon as it’s out in the theaters.

You’re no longer a newcomer. You were around, and also you started out working quite early. Tell us some thing about your journey.

I started running manner returned in 2004; December, to be precise. I become also operating with Shiamak (Davar), as a salaried worker. My foray into TV has a instead interesting tale. I became out with my pals in Pali Hill (Mumbai) on a Diwali day. When I became status in a queue for the washroom, I become approached by using this generous lady who turned into casting for Star Plus. They had been seeking out a person who may want to skip off as 16/17 years old, and she concept I’d suit the invoice. It all began there, and the rest is records.