Throwback to our January cover star, Vicky Kaushal’s breakout movie

Son of popular Bollywood action director Sham Kaushal, Vicky Kaushal tossed aside his engineering degree to join the family business of “not having a secure job”. After assisting Anurag Kashyap on Gangs Of Wasseypur, he made a quiet start with Vasan Bala’s short film Geek Out, before finding his way into Neeraj Ghaywan’s powerful little indie Masaan. Playing Deepak, a crematorium worker from the lower-caste Dom community, brought with it many sleepless nights. First from multiple viewings of Children Of The Pyre (Ghaywan-prescribed homework), and then from spending weeks on Varanasi’s Manikarnika Ghats, watching endless cremations. Eventually, Kaushal reached a point where he could “watch a body being burnt and grumble about the sugar in my tea.” If it all seems too grim, Kaushal’s second release promises a shift in mood: “Zubaan is a fun, coming-of-age story of a guy from rural Punjab who’s scared of music.”

Photograph: Manasi Sawant; Styling: Nidhi Jacob; Make-up and hair Mitesh Rajani. On Vicky: Poplin shirt and leather loafers; both Gucci. Wool trousers, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna. Wool jacket, Dior Homme

First published on August 20th 2015

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