He might have made his debut in Bollywood in Gold right now and garnered praises from all corners, but being a great actor and human runs in his family. As you might have guessed, the talk is about one of the most promising actors in Bollywood has i.e. Vicky Kaushal’s brother Sunny Kaushal. The actor, in an interview with Deccan Chronicle, spoke about various things, including his family’s reaction on seeing ‘Gold’ and now, the success of the film.
Here are excerpts from the interview:
What was the reaction you got from Vicky and your father after they saw the film?
Oh, they cried! My parents were so proud that when I saw them at the screening, they started crying then and there. Vicky hugged me for whole 2 minutes and said they’re so proud of me for the film. That still continues sometimes, when they suddenly say we’re so proud of you. They saw the grind of how I shot this film and to finally see it come out, I guess that also played a role because they also got involved hearing me speak about the film since a year. They met Reema and Amit and kind of know what went behind making this film so they were proud about everything, not only the film.
Since your brother Vicky is one of the best actors in the industry and dad Sham Kaushal has also been here since a long time, did acting come to you naturally?
It so happened that when I was completing college and deciding what do I want to be, I realized that 9-5 job isn’t for me so I left my CA degree there itself. Then dad asked me what I want to become and I lied that I’ll study more and he knew that I was lying. Then we both understood that I want to do something with this field only so I started assisting on films to get an idea of how the world of filmmaking works. I started auditioning later on and got Gold.
So you’re saying you knew you want to be an actor when you were assisting on films?
Yeah you can say that. I was seeing what interests me a lot then. I remember there was a scene where these actors were walking under a lamp post, having a discussion and there was some flirting. The scene then got cut and they retook it with the same energy and same sweetness which completely intrigued me. Then I started watching films and wanted to change certain things. Actually the whole idea of playing different characters again and again that interested me a lot – to be something that I’m not.
Did you get any tips from Vicky or your father once you were making your debut?
Vicky doesn’t give tips. He feels there’s a path for every actor and wants me to find mine. Papa always says and even now he emphasizes on how we should be a good human being. He always says that if your craft is okayish but you are a good human then people will work with you, but if your craft is good and you are an okay person then they will work with you only once. He teaches us how to be compassionate off-camera. It is also one of the reasons why I was an assistant director because once I’m in that shoes then I won’t carry the air because I know what it feels like to be on the other side and gives you a better understanding of other departments. That is what we talk about, but not specifically on acting....