Vicky Kaushal was born on 16 May 1988 to a Punjabi Hindu family in Mumbai and is Brahmin by caste. His father, Sham Kaushal, is an action director in Bollywood while his mother, Veena Kaushal, is a homemaker. Vicky’s family is originally from Hoshiarpur but they have been living in Mumbai for a very long time. He has a younger brother, Sunny Kaushal, who is also an actor. You may have seen Sunny in movies like ‘Gold’ and ‘Bhangra Paa Le’. Vicky Kaushal has a residence in Oberoi Springs in Andheri West where he used to live with his family. But after his marriage, he shifted to a luxurious flat with Katrina in Rajmahal, Juhu.
Vicky Kaushal’s father is related to Hindi cinema and always wanted a stable and well-settled career, pretty far away from the Bollywood industry, for his son. So, to fulfill this wish of his father, Vicky completed his graduation from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology with an Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications. But this career line does not seem fit for him and he chose to enter into Bollywood cinema. And this is where it all started. This is the point where he began his acting career, though he first worked as an assistant with Anurag Kashyap.
Every successful person has a story that starts with nothing. Vicky Kaushal also started with no experience in the film industry and become one of the most sensational actors in today’s time. When he was pursuing his Engineering degree, he had a life-changing realization that he has not much interest in a regular office job. This has made him think of a career in the film industry. And that is how he got to aspire to have a successful Bollywood career.
After getting fully determined to enter into Hindi Cinema, Vicky Kaushal got admission to Kishore Namit Kapoor’s Academy for acting classes. He also simultaneously took participation in theatre with the Aranya Group of Manav Kaul and Motley Productions of Naseeruddin Shah. This stage of his life has made Naseeruddin one of Vicky’s favorite actors in Bollywood. While doing theatres, Vicky Kaushal was also auditioning for films but did not get any good chance. Fortunately, he assisted Anurag Kashyap before getting his debut in Bollywood movies.
Vicky Kaushal started his Bollywood journey by assisting Anurag Kashyap in Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). He debuted as an actor in Hindi Cinema in a minor role in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana in 2012. He also appeared in Bombay Velvet in 2015 in a very small role. But his debut movie is considered to be Masaan (2015) because he played the lead role in the film. This movie got recognition at the Cannes Film Festival and in The New York Times as well as in The Hindu. After the huge success of Masaan, Vicky Kaushal starred in a psychological thriller by Anurag Kashyap, namely, Raman Raghav 2.0.
Once Vicky Kaushal was recognized as a fine actor in the industry, he got a big opportunity in 2018 to play the lead role in India’s first Netflix original film, Love Per Square Foot. This movie has proven Vicky’s great acting skills have brought some really amazing movies to his side. He appeared in the 2018 film, Raazi, alongside Alia Bhatta, which is the story of the Indo-Pak War of 1971. He also starred in Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju in the same year, which is a biopic of Sanjay Dutt. Later in the same year, he played a brilliant role alongside Tapsee Pannu and Abhishek Bachchan in the movie Manmarziyaan, which is a love triangle. The year 2018 has established the acting supremacy of Vicky Kaushal in the Bollywood industry.
In 2019, Vicky Kaushal played a significant role in a movie that has a story very close to every Indian’s heart. The movie in which he was cast was Uri: The Surgical Strike. This film is based on the true story of the 2016 Uri attack. This Bollywood film has helped Vicky Kaushal to create a special place in every Indian’s heart. He was also cast in another patriotic film, Sardar Udham, which is based on the life of Udham Singh, an Indian freedom fighter who took revenge for the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre by assassinating Michael O'Dwyer. Vicky’s performance in the film was so loved that he won the IIFA Award for Best Actor for this movie.
Vicky Kaushal is not only a fine actor but is also highly dedicated to his work. Many times, he has compromised his health to portray certain characters. In 2015, he portrayed a young man with speech impairments and stammers in the film Zubaan. For this movie, Vicky has spent time with a speech therapist and his patients to learn stammering patterns. This practice has led him to stammer in real life, but later he overcame that.
In 2016, when he was cast in the psychological thriller Raman Raghav 2.0, Vicky played a role of a chain-smoking drug-addict policeman. To portray this role with perfection he isolated himself for five days to understand the script properly. Not only this, but he also heavily smoked and harshly dehydrated himself to reach the depth of the character. All these choices had led to severe damage to his health but he didn’t refuse to back off. This high dedication led this film to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and he got huge recognition for this.
Vicky Kaushal is a highly dedicated actor and a kind-hearted gentleman who has accomplished a lot in the Bollywood industry. He has won a number of awards for his excellent acting skills. You can find the list of his awards below:
|1||Masaan||IIFA Award for Best Debut Actor||Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut||Screen Award for Best Male Debut|
|2||Uri: The Surgical Strike||National Film Award for Best Actor|
|3||Sanju||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor||IIFA Award for Best Actor in Supporting Role||Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|4||Sardar Udham||IIFA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role - Male||Filmfare Critics Awards for Best Actor|
Vicky Kaushal has been cast in only a limited number of films but he has performed his best in them. This is the reason that despite having a lesser number of movies, he is among one of the most popular Indian Actors. He may have appeared in fewer movies but he played significantly in them. Following you can find the list of his films.
|#||Movie Name||Release Year|
|1||Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana||2012|
|5||Raman Raghav 2.0||2016|
|10||Uri; The Surgical Strike||2019|
|11||Bhoot: Part One - The Haunted Ship||2020|
|12||Love Per Square Foot||2020|
|14||Govinda Naam Mera||2022|
Vicky Kaushal has not only blessed us with these amazing movies but also given us some excellent music videos. The music videos in which he has appeared include Pachtaoge which was released in 2019 and Muskurayega India aired in 2020.
Vicky Kaushal is not only an excellent actor who has won millions of hearts with his onscreen performance, but he is also a generous man who always offers friendly behavior to the media and his fans. He is highly inspired by Hrithik Roshan from a very young age thus he is also one of Vicky’s favorite actors in Hindi Cinema. Vicky Kaushal is interested in studying, movies, and Cricket since his childhood. He has not been seen in lots of relationships throughout his acting journey. Vicky Kaushal, being the one lucky man to marry Katrina Kaif has a past relationship with the actress Harleen Sethi. Vicky had confessed that he had a huge crush on Katrina for a very long time and he feel blessed to marry the woman of his dreams. He married Katrina Kaif on 9 December 2021 at Six Senses Fort Barwara, Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, and is very happy in his married life.
Other than being the king of many hearts, Vicky Kaushal is also highly active in charity work. He actively supports environmental protection causes and women’s rights. He has appeared in a music video to spread awareness for air pollution which was produced by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change along with the United Nations. Vicky Kaushal also spoke in support of the MeToo campaign for women’s rights and participated in Nashik Marathon for gender equality and women’s safety.
Vicky Kaushal has earned this huge success only through his amazing performance and high commitment. According to Firstpost, he does not possess the conventional looks for Hindi Cinema, thus he is only left with his acting skills, and he nailed it. He is a method actor and is particularly famous for his extraordinary dedication to films. He started with a minor role in a mediocre film and make it to Forbes. This is what you can call success.