His first film to lead Uri: The Surgical Strike will test Vicky Kaushal's commercial viability as a bollywood actor, and he says the cashier's collections are not an indicator of suggesting whether a movie is good or not. However, the 30-year-old actor believes that the figures are important for the business.
"It's a privilege and an honor for me to reach a stage where you get the opportunity to be tested. I'm glad I got this opportunity with such a credible subject. Box number can't decide if it's a good movie or not. But It's important, it's showbiz. A producer is investing in a movie and expecting good returns, "Vicky told PTI in an interview.
The actor had a great 2018 with back-to-back hits in Sanju, Raazi and Manmarziyaan among others, and he hopes the trend continues in the new year. "In 2018, only the films were good and appreciated, the numbers, regardless of the cast and the crew. The maths have simplified a lot. If it's a good movie, it will make the numbers," he added.
Vicky said he likes to prepping up the roles he plays. "I love the prep time. The reaction or feeling comes from you, and you realize it was in you and it was unused. This is the most beautiful part of this profession that you will know about yourself and that's how You develop not only as an actor but as a person. "
The actor underwent extensive military training for Uri, based on Indian Army surgical strikes over the LoC on Pakistan as a retaliation for the Uri attack in 2016. "When you really prip a lot, it makes you think as the sign unconsciously. Things for a movie, and you can only use 10 of it, all the extra stuff is embedded in you at a subconscious level.
"It's the things that make you think such a character. We make a back-story for a character or a feeling, even though it's not going to be part of the movie, but it's for us to respond to a situation, The actor said there is a lot of pressure and responsibility on the team to portray these stories correctly. "We have tried our best to honestly put the story," he added.
Mumbai: Actors Yami Gautam and Vicky Kaushal during the campaign of their upcoming movie URI, in Mumbai on December 13, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Vicky said he had conversations with people from the armed forces, but according to the protocol, they were not allowed to interact with those who led the strike in reality. "We couldn't meet those involved in surgical strikes, but we met para-commandos who are trained for such strikes and have been part of the past, but not the petitions.
"It was about understanding their psyche and head space before, during and after the mission. It was interesting to know their human side as how they face their fears," he said.
It is ironic that the actor played Iqbal Syed, a Pakistani army that is great in Raazi and in Uri he plays Major Vihaan Shergill, a supreme commander who led the surgical strike.
Drawing similarities between them, Vicky said, both are patriots, but in a different environment. Asked to comment on Naseeruddin Shah's video interview that a cow died was given more importance than a policeman, Vicky said he was not aware of the veteran's commentary in detail, but believes that everyone's perception must be respected.
"He said it with his honesty. He is a proud citizen of this country, and it comes out of care and love for this country. He should be heard and not attacked. We must hear and respect each other's opinion, otherwise it is not a democratic country, "the actor said.
"I feel that a person who causes harm to another human being is a very sad state. It is something we need to initiate, the question. Lynching is something I want to say is wrong. We are part of a democratic country, but It does not mean that we are allowed in our hands. The law must go on to see that such events do not happen, "he added.
Uri also has Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam and popular TV actor Mohit Raina among others.
Produced by Ronnie Screwvalas RSVP, the film is slated to release on January 11th.
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First Published: December 30, 2018 17:19 IST