Actor Vikas Kumar has develop into a daily on our screens. You’ll keep in mind him as ACP Khan who saved a watch on Aarya’s life within the Sushmita Sen-led internet present, and as CRPF soldier Abhay within the Nationwide Award profitable movie Hamid.
Vikas began his journey as a dialogue coach for movies like Gulaal, Udaan, Ishqiya, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, 7 Khoon Maaf, Aurangzeb and Fitoor. He step by step shifted to performing. A decade on, he has acted in TV exhibits like YRF’s Khotey Sikkey, CID and Court docket Room, other than motion pictures similar to Ajji, Parmanu and Handover.
He additionally turned producer with the brief movie Sonsi, which gained the Nationwide Award for Finest Cinematography (Non-Characteristic Movie). After over 15 years within the leisure business, with a decade in entrance of the digicam, Vikas Kumar has attention-grabbing initiatives lined up, together with Aarya Season 2 and movie Uljhan.
However which challenge compelled Vikas to make the change from a dialogue coach to an actor? Right here’s what he shared:
What was your first performing challenge and the way did it come to you?
I made my performing debut with Powder in 2010. I used to be on the units of Ishqiya as a dialogue coach after I obtained a missed name on my telephone. Once I known as again, I came upon that it was Yash Raj Movies’ casting division. They mentioned director Atul Sabharwal wished to audition me for a personality. Atul had seen me in a play and possibly favored my efficiency. When Ishqiya’s shoot obtained over, I returned to Mumbai, gave the audition and obtained chosen.
What do you keep in mind of your first day on set as an actor?
I used to be to shoot at a spot close to the ocean, I feel at Mahim or Dadar, the place within the background you possibly can see the Bandra-Worli Sea Hyperlink. My dialogues have been very contextual. I used to be taking part in a cop. Within the scene I lamented the pace with which the federal government functioned.
I had fallen sick a couple of days earlier than the shoot and had requested the director if we may postpone the schedule. He refused, claiming that it was essential to stay to the schedule as the ocean hyperlink would quickly be inaugurated and will probably be open to site visitors. Additionally my dialogue was – “Pichle kuch dinon se predominant yahan roz aata hoon, iss bante hue pul ko dekhne, jo tabse ban raha hai jab predominant trainee tha. Major officer ban gaya…” For these traces, it was essential that the bridge was nonetheless not functioning and that there have been no vehicles seen.
Had been you nervous whereas performing your first shot?
One normally tends to get nervous on their first day however I wasn’t. I knew the director nicely, I knew my traces nicely. Atul had written a superb script. Every character was etched fantastically, and if we had any doubts about how you can go a few scene, he would information us patiently.
The primary shot was a really trendy one. The digicam tracked again to disclose my character, Umesh Jagdale. I used to be standing by the huge sea, with my again dealing with the digicam, trying on the sea-link. I’m ready for somebody. I hear a automobile honk and switch and stroll in the direction of the digicam, taking off my sun shades.
I additionally keep in mind that halfway throughout the scene, it began raining. In case you see rigorously, you’ll discover a couple of drops of water on my shirt by the point the scene ends.
How was your rapport together with your co-stars once you obtained to satisfy or work with them once more later?
If I keep in mind accurately, there’s just one actor whom I’ve labored with on three initiatives – Manish Chaudhary. He was the lead in Powder. Within the preliminary episodes, our scenes have been extra confrontational as we have been cops from totally different departments. Then, halfway within the 26-episode sequence, we began working collectively, as a workforce. Manish is a quite simple and easy-going particular person and a really supportive co-actor. After Powder, we met virtually instantly on YRF TVs subsequent present, Khotey Sikkey the place I used to be the lead and he was the villain within the first story. Then, extra lately, we collaborated on the units of Aarya. Until then, we regularly referred to one another by our character names of Powder – Jagdale and Usman Saab. After Aarya, it has modified to Khan Ji and Shekhawat Saab. I feel there’s mutual respect and an ease whereas working collectively. We additionally frolicked off-set, throughout meals. It was enjoyable capturing with him in my first challenge, virtually 11 years in the past, in addition to now, in Aarya. I’m additionally consistently in contact with director Atul Sabharwal.
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If given an opportunity to return to your debut function, what would you want to vary or do higher?
If you end up new, there’s extra purity in your method to a job. Later, once you’ve gained some expertise, you clearly be taught many new issues, however you may additionally develop into just a little too in charge of your efficiency which can not at all times be an excellent factor. As an artiste, I at all times really feel that I may have most likely completed a scene higher or otherwise. However, going purely by audiences’ response to my character, it was obtained nicely. So, I’m proud of what I obtained out of Powder and my character Jagdale.
One movie or function that has a long-lasting impression on you?
Like many children of my era, Amitabh Bachchan was the primary actor who impressed me together with his efficiency in lots of movies like Deewaar, Trishul, Don, Namak Halaal, Agneepath. Later, Shah Rukh Khan in Darr, Baazigar and DDLJ. All of us wished to be like ‘Raj’.