Vikrant Massey, the man on this month’s MW cover, has had a long journey on the TV screen before he made it to the big screen with Lootera. He was first the shy, relatively serious, but very cute boy called Aamir in the Indian version of High School Musical, Dhoom Machaao Dhoom, in 2007.
He was also in Balika Vadhu, this progressive village lad who falls in love with and marries a pregnant child widow in a society drenched in patriarchy.
Then he made his debut to film with Lootera and as they say, the rest is history.
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When asked about the contributions the journey has made to his craft and person, he had a lot to say.
“It was very challenging. At that point, the idea was to be on the job and learn. I had two options. One was that I can go to a university and study. The other was to learn, as well as make money. So, I thought to myself — where can I be? Television was the right fit because it is a door-to-door medium. Other than making my own money, I knew I would learn, and end up working in films eventually. My brain was functioning like that even then — focusing on polishing my acting skills because I was not a trained actor. I think I have reached here only because I got to learn so much on the job. I am eternally grateful to all the TV shows that I have done. It was my training ground that trained me for 10 years.”
Vikrant Massey furthered the argument with an example of a show he worked on, “I’ll give you an example. I had to relocate to Baroda for a show I was doing, a period drama called DharamVeer. My routine for more than a year and a half was shooting for 14-16 hours a day, in extreme temperatures (Gujarat can be very hot in the summer), and finding little time to sleep or do much else. That rigorously trained me for location shoots. I can vouch for the fact that whatever I learned on the sets of DharamVeer has shaped me. I also had some temperamental grooming during this show. These experiences really shape you as an actor.”
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