Vicky Kaushal: The Man Who Has Mastered the Art of Blending In

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Vicky Kaushal: The Man Who Has Mastered the Art of Blending In

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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n an interview months ago, before Love Per Square Foot premiered on Netflix, Vicky Kaushal made a perceptive remark about his work. Answering a query about his supporting role in Sanju and whether it had enough scope for him to impact the story, he said, “If I am salt, do I need to be the right amount of salt in a dish or do I need to be the most overpowering ingredient? Isn’t it more important for the dish to be delicious? …You just need to be one of the spices.”

True to his word, Kaushal stuck to that exact brief as Kamlesh “Kamli” Kanhaiyalal Kapasi in Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju – possibly 2018’s biggest and most successful film – playing best friend and second fiddle to Ranbir Kapoor’s Dutt. In a film, where he had more screen time than the female leads and Paresh Rawal, Kaushal still made an impact in the backdrop. You don’t notice him overtly, but his absence would be sorely missed – just like salt.

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