Actor Vicky Kaushal was in conversation with ThePrint’s Editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta and Associate Editor Manasi Phadke at Off The Cuff in Mumbai. Kaushal, who has worked in films such as Masaan, Sanju, Raazi, Raman Raghav and Uri – The Surgical Strike, spoke at length on his journey from a struggler to an actor, how he prepared for his role as a special forces commando in Uri, his first impressions of the now famous dialogue ‘How’s the josh,’ and how Deepak from Masaan, his debut film, is still his favourite character.
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From left: Vicky Kaushal, actor; Manasi Phadke, associate editor, ThePrint; Shekhar Gupta, editor-in-chief, ThePrint
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Vijay Kalantri, president, AIAI (extreme left); Prahlad Kakkar, ad filmmaker (extreme right)
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From left: Farhat Jamal, former advisor – special projects, Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces; R.A. Shah, solicitor and senior partner, Crawford Bayley & Co.; Shekhar Gupta
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Anjali Raina, executive director, Harvard Business School, was at the event.
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Priyanka Sinha Jha, group editor (entertainment), Network18, asked the actor what was the most starry thing the actor has done away from his mother’s sharp eye.
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“After Friday, it’s the audience’s film. From politicians to sports personalities to anybody in the country or the world, everybody is an audience member. Ab woh jo chahe kare uske saath (They can do with it as they choose),” Kaushal said.
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Mahrukh Inayet, director, Studio Talk, asked the actor on whether Uri would be a hard task to follow and what kept the actor grounded while he’s surrounded by stardom.
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Nisha Jamvwal, lifestyle columnist, wanted to know from the actor if Indian cinema had progressed from being in the number game and the rating of stars, and nepotism in the film industry.
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“I went up to Aditya and said, sahi lag raha hai, feel aa rahi hai (It feels right). That’s why I tweeted recently that it’s not just a line, it’s an emotion,” Kaushal said on the dialogue ‘How’s the josh?’
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From left: Vinay Ahuja, managing partner, IIFL Wealth Management; Vicky Kaushal; Manasi Phadke; Shekhar Gupta
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Vicky Kaushal posed with ThePrint team after the event.
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The actor with Vishal, director of CoWorks (right)
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‘Yaar, izzat rakh li‘ (Friend, you kept our honour) – that’s the best validation from an Indian Army soldier for Uri, said Vicky Kaushal.
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