May 162018
 

Though Vicky Kaushal might be known as the sweet timid boy of tinsel town let us tell you, the lad has recently been breaking the internet with his hot avatar

Vicky Kaushal
One of Vicky Kaushal’s posts from his official Instagram account

Actor Vicky Kaushal made his debut in the film industry with Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan and ever since then this sweet looking boy has been riding on a high tide. And while he blows the candles for his 30th birthday on Wednesday, we are sure the celebrations have doubled up for the actor this year with his latest film Raazi emerging successful at the box office.

Though Vicky might be known as the sweet timid boy of tinsel town let us tell you, the lad has recently been breaking the internet with his hot avatar. In fact, Vicky has emerged as the latest crush of Bollywood and these pictures of him will totally justify what we are saying…

After Masaan, the actor was seen in films like Zubaan, Raman Raghav 2.0, Bombay Velvet and others, Raazi being the latest. His recent web-show on Netflix Love Per Square Foot also won many hearts. The birthday boy has an interesting lineup. Yes, Vicky Kaushal will next be seen in Sanju, Manmarziyaan, Uri, Lust Stories and Bombay Velvet 2.

Talking about his birthday plans to DNA, the actor revealed that he will have a working birthday, clarifying he loves the same and feels it’s a good sign. The actor also further added that he will be spending his day in a five-hour workshop for his next Uri, for the shooting of which he will be travelling to Serbia in the next 10 days.

Vicky Kaushal will be filming for Uri for the next 2 months, but in the interview, he also quipped that the success of Raazi has made his birthday even more special and while he is having the best of time in his life at present, we hope the good times continue.

We wish Vicky many many happy returns of the day!

Also read – Raazi box office collection: Alia Bhatt’s movie mints Rs 30 crore over weekend

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May 122018
 

Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal starrer, Raazi opened to good numbers on day 1 at the box office

Raazi
Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in a still from the film. Picture Courtesy: YouTube

Alia Bhatt starrer Raazi directed by Meghna Gulzar opened with good numbers. Raazi which released this Friday received raving reviews from everywhere. The critics, as well as the audiences, have loved the film.

Raazi earned Rs. 7.53 crores on it’s first day at the box office. The film starring Alia Bhatt in the lead is one of the highest opening days for a film driven by an actress.

Considering it’s a women-orientated film, it has done very well in the metros and collections in other major centers are also decent. The numbers are growing with each show due to its exceptional word of mouth, which works to the favour of the film.

Raazi directed by Meghna Gulzar also stars Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapoor, Jaideep Ahlawat in pivotal roles, is expected to rake in more numbers in its first opening weekend.

Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s Calling Sehmat, a novel inspired by the almost-unbelievable real-life story of a woman, who Sikka named Sehmat, to protect her identity. Alia Bhatt plays the character of Sehmat, a Kashmiri woman, who gets married to a Pakistani officer with the intention to source out intelligence details and pass it off to Indian forces. Vicky Kaushal essays the role of the Pakistani officer.

Also Read: Raazi Movie Review: The Year’s Best (Thus Far)!

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May 112018
 

Raazi is a meditative version of a war film, subtly weighing in on human loss and ruthlessness, even as it seldom wavers from checking off all the crackling elements of an espionage thriller

Still from Raazi
A still from Raazi

Raazi
U/A: Drama, History, Thriller
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal
Rating: Ratings

I guess if you’ve ever done something fishy (whether illegal or unethical) that you’d be petrified of getting caught for (God knows, to some degree, we’ve all been in such a position), the extreme fear/nervousness only hits you when you try it for the first time. The successful completion of which leads to subsequently higher levels of confidence, bordering on callousness, eventually.

As it seems with the brazenness with which the lead character (Alia Bhatt; what a consistently dazzling talent) in this film goes about her work as an Indian spy, living as a housewife, operating right inside the Rawalpindi official residence of her father-in-law, a Pakistani top-brass military officer, deep within a cantonment, while being married to a young bloke (Vicky Kaushal) who, like his brother, is a Pak Army man himself!

But you care so much for the girl, or perennially hope that she stays out of harm’s way that, for the most part, I ended up watching this film with my hand on the forehead, often veering towards closing my eyes! It’s the textured use of sound and some superb, textbook camera-work that, experience wise, it almost feels like you’re going through David Fincher’s stellar mystery-thriller Zodiac (2007), no less. This is director Meghna Gulzar’s first outing after Talvar (2015), proving, without doubt, she is at the top of her game.

For a film so packed with plot twists, the gentle calmness in the air, even if slightly claustrophobic, given that it’s mostly set inside a palatial home, surprises you, while holding your attention all through.

And despite a subject that essentially deals with jingoism, or patriotism, if you may, all characters (Indian or Pakistani) on the screen appear human, rather than tragedies alone. Whether that be the Pak husband, who’s basically brought home a fake-wife; or his father, a full-on gentleman who, as Brigadier, loyally lords over a lot of decision-making process in the well-oiled military machinery – the only Pak institution that hasn’t failed, or perhaps the reason the other institutions have! Of course none of this collective connect would be possible if it weren’t for solid detailing, and some of the finest actors doing what they do best.

In fact it doesn’t surprise me that Bhatt, along with others, performs the spy’s character so brilliantly. For if there is any profession where you can aptly apply great acting skills (outside of acting itself), it would be as a spy, isn’t it? That’s the other place you’re necessarily supposed to be someone else!

Raazi, meaning, in this context, I guess, a keeper of raaz (secrets), is a fictionalised version of an actual story about an undercover Kashmiri girl in 1971. It’s based on ex-navy officer Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. I’m tempted to read the book, since the real-life Sehmat, I’m told, passed away recently. She would’ve been the most fascinating person to meet.

The information young Sehmat managed to unearth, as an Intelligence Bureau operative, perhaps formed the basis of precious info on a massive submarine attack planned by Pakistan on India’s first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. If you want to know what really happened thereafter, you only have to watch Sankalp Reddy’s splendid war-film The Ghazi Attack (2017).

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This is a meditative version of a war film, subtly weighing in on human loss and ruthlessness, even as it seldom wavers from checking off all the crackling elements of an espionage thriller. Honestly, I felt a little numb in the head as Sehmat feels the same for her soul. Whether or not you’re sehmat (agree) with Sehmat, I suggest you should totally be raazi (willing) to catch her scintillating, untold story for sure (Eh? Told ya: feeling numb in the head!).

Also read – Meghna Gulzar: Misconceptions around Raazi’s stand will be cleared after screening

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May 072018
 

Vicky Kaushal undertakes five-hour paramilitary training to beef up for army commander role

Vicky Kaushal
Vicky Kaushal

Though Vicky Kaushal will be seen as an army officer in Raazi, he says playing a special force commander in Uri will be more challenging. Directed by debutant Aditya Dhar, the film is about the Indian army’s surgical strike in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir that was carried out after the September 2016 Uri terror attacks. Since Kaushal plays the commander who led the operation, he is required to beef up for the part.

Despite being in the middle of Raazi promotions, Kaushal is undergoing paramilitary training to gain weight and stamina before he starts shooting for Uri in June. The actor will be seen leading a regiment comprising 80 people in the film. “It was essential that I look the part. I don’t put on weight easily. I am yet to attain the ideal look. I perform a three-hour military drill daily, which includes jumping andrunning. To improve my stamina, I learn slithering and undergo obstacle training, besides the most important part of the job — handling a gun,” says the Masaan (2015) actor.

Though preparing for the part is physically draining, the actor can’t wait for the shoot to commence. “I feel proud to be an actor, because I am part of such a film. From playing a major in the Pakistani army in Raazi to an Indian army commander in Uri, I love the transition,” says Kaushal.

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May 032018
 

Vicky Kaushal recounted his first-ever meeting with Sanjay Dutt during the course of Sanju’s filming

Vicky Kaushal
Vicky Kaushal

The trailer of Sanjay Dutt’s upcoming biopic Sanju released last week. Apart from Ranbir Kapoor, who is essaying Dutt in the film, Vicky Kaushal is also slated to play a pivotal role. He however refuses to reveal any information pertaining to the film or his character. But, Vicky has however revealed that he plays one of Sanjay Dutt’s closest friends in the film.

Vicky Kaushal said he couldn’t reveal whether the friend is portraying hails from the industry or outside but he was an integral part of Sanjay Dutt’s life. Vicky explained that the person he’s portraying was with Dutt since the start of his career and had his share in his ups and downs.

Vicky said he shares a great chemistry with co-star Ranbir Kapoor. He heaps praise on the actor saying that he doesn’t have any starry airs unlike many others.

Vicky Kaushal recounted his first-ever meeting with Sanjay Dutt during the course of Sanju’s filming. He and the other cast-members were invited to a Diwali party at Dutt’s residence. On coming face-to-face with the legendary actor for the first time, Vicky told him that he got to know so much about the actor since doing the film and asked if he could hug him. To this, Dutt replied that he considers him a son, and they shared a hug. Vicky said the stalwart has a heart of gold.

Vicky Kaushal added that Sanju is a honest portrayal of Sanjay Dutt’s life and the audience would get to know this once they watch the film.

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Jan 282018
 

Vicky Kaushal to slip into the role of Kangana Ranaut’s nemesis in her upcoming thriller set to roll in August

Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut

With only a short schedule of Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi pending, Kangana Ranaut has turned her attention towards her next project, a whodunit, which she hopes to title Mental. Interestingly, for her debut outing in the genre, Ranaut has zeroed in on Vicky Kaushal to feature alongside her. In a bid to keep the suspense around the thriller intact, insiders, we hear, are keeping their lips sealed about the storyline. However, a source reveals, “Kangana plays a dark character. Vicky slips into the part of her nemesis. He instantly fell for his role when he read the script. The makers wanted someone who could give a tough fight to Kangana’s character, and Vicky has showcased sufficient range to provide the same.”

Vicky Kaushal
Vicky Kaushal

Ahead of the first schedule in August, Kaushal we hear, will be allotted 15 days to gain a few pounds for the venture. The development comes after reports of the unit having approached Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao for the part. Kaushal is yet to sign on the dotted line.

While the film was set to roll in February, Ranaut will find herself occupied with the patch work for her Rani Laxmibai biopic before she can dive headfirst into this venture. “With Vicky too having a 40-day schedule for his next, Uri, in the pipeline, it was apt to defer this film.”

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Sep 262017
 

It’s after a long hiatus that actress Soni Razdan is facing the camera with Meghna Gulzar’s film ‘Raazi’, which features her daughter Alia Bhatt and actor Vicky Kaushal in the lead roles. The crew is currently shooting in Kashmir’s Srinagar and had a shoot sequence organised at the town’s Pahalgam’s Government Civil Hospital.

Alia Bhatt's mom Soni Razdan plays her reel mother in 'Raazi'; both go de-glam
Alia Bhatt and mother Soni Razdan

Apart from the film’s crew and cast, the actress and her mom attracted a crowd of around 300 people to catch a glimpse of the mother-daughter duo shooting, says a Mumbai Mirror report.

A source informed the publication that Alia Bhatt’s mom Soni Razdan plays her mother in the film too. Both were without make-up and were dressed in cotton salwar-kurtas. The shoot commenced around 2 pm and wrapped up by 5:30 pm. The unit will be flying back to Mumbai on Wednesday.

Preventive measures were taken to safeguard the hospital’s patients’ safety with a doctor on his toes outside the set. Officials from Jammu and Kashmir police force and jawans from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were positioned to maintain a solid security around the hospital area.

Strict measures were also taken to keep a tab on none of the outsiders venturing in or around the shooting vicinity. Permissions for the shoot and the legalities were well taken care of, which regulated in a smooth shoot without any bumps, claimed the daily.

Alia will be seen essaying a Kashmiri woman’s character, who’ll be working for the Indian Intelligence, spying on her husband, a Pakistan Army man, played by Vicky Kaushal.

‘Raazi’ is a screen adaptation of author Harinder Sikka’s book ‘Calling Sehmat’. It is set against the backdrop of 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Last week, Alia shot for her solo sequence in the Doodhpatri woods on the banks of the Lidder river, where the production team recreated a ’70sbus depot with the desired vintage feel.

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Sep 202017
 

Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the unfortunate Uri terror attack. In 2016, 19 soldiers were killed in an early morning attack by Pakistani terrorists in J&K’s town of Uri. Eleven days later, India responded with what we can call as one of the most sophisticated and covert military operations ever. On September 29, Indian Army’s Special Forces carried out “surgical strikes” on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Since the day went down as one of the most historic days in our country, in terms of establishing a strong position for itself, it was highly likely that someday a Bollywood director would turn it into a film. And Ronnie Screwvala grabbed this opportunity, just in time by announcing a film based on the Uri Attacks. Although not much has been revealed about the cast, the lead actor however, has been finalized and it is none other than Vicky Kaushal.

Ronnie, who has produced/co-produced films like ‘A Wednesday’, ‘Udaan’, ‘Dev-D’ and ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ is of the view that “URI is the incredible story of Indians coming together.” He further added, “Today we are a confident, aggressive and new age India – standing up for itself in every way and on the world stage. With this one single military action, we changed the fabric of our border politics forever and that became a watershed moment in our political history.”

Vicky Kaushal To Star In ‘Uri', A Film Based On Surgical Strikes© Twitter

The movie would have Aditya Dhar behind the direction wheel. Talking about the plot of the movie, Dhar said, “This is the story of what happened in those 11 days. It’s an honor and very reassuring to be backed by Ronnie Screwvala and to execute on this vision and what we believe is an engaging and thrilling story inspired by this true life incident.”

Vicky, who started with small roles in movies like ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’ and ‘Bombay Velvet’, got fame for his role in the award-winning movie ‘Masaan’. After bagging the lead role of commander-in-chief in ‘Uri’, he is on cloud nine, “When this film came to me and we had this discussion, I was really thrilled and kicked about it because this is one story that I feel that everyone needs to know. One of the fantastic army operations that the Indian army has conducted and with great efficiency. I also feel it is a great opportunity and also a responsibility for all of us to portray this story.”

Vicky Kaushal To Star In ‘Uri', A Film Based On Surgical Strikes© Phantom Films

The actor tweeted about the same.

Humbled by this oppurtunity. #Uri produced by @RonnieScrewvala (RSVP) & directed by Aditya Dhar. Super excited! 🇮🇳😊ðŸ™? 

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— Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) September 19, 2017

To be able to do justice to his role in ‘Uri’, Vicky will undergo paramilitary training for a month to bulk up before the shoot of the film.

The shooting of the film will begin early next year after Vicky wraps up shooting for his upcoming movie ‘Raazi’ in which he’s paired opposite Alia Bhatt.

The release of ‘Uri’ is scheduled for the month of September 2018.

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