Vicky Kaushal walked into Bollywood as a simple character in a powerful film, 'Masaan', and went on to scoop most of the awards for his debut role. The actor says he is exploring himself with each film, adding that he is not afraid to "fall some day in this exploration".
Describing his ride in showbiz as a "personality development crash course", Vicky says he is on a "journey of self discovery". With no intentions to restrict himself into a particular mould, the actor plans to live diverse characters on the silver screen.
"I know that I am new. I am just one-year-old in the industry and I am exploring myself. If I fall some day in trying to explore myself then I don't mind because I know I learnt something. So what matters to me is that I enjoy the journey of a film. I am not afraid of failure. Failures teach you a lot," Vicky told IANS over phone from Mumbai.
Vicky did small roles in films like "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana" and "Bombay Velvet". But it was only "Masaan" that brought him into the limelight.
Critics and viewers raved about the simplicity with which he essayed the role, and heaped praise over the smooth transition from a love-struck boy to a mature person in the film.
He went on to do films like "Zubaan" and "Raman Raghav 2.0", and has movies like "Manmarziyan" and Bejoy Nambiar's untitled action project in his kitty.
Is he intentionally picking multi-starrers? Vicky terms it a pure coincidence.
"I don't pick a film seeing if it has another actor or not. I get a script, I go through it and if I love the vision of the filmmaker then I want to be a part of that story."
Vicky took home the Best Debut (Male) Actor trophy for "Masaan" at the recently held 17th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Madrid.
With appreciation and laurels come pressure to outdo your own performance and Vicky says that it "is good because that pushes you to perform better and better with each film".
He says he would love to explore every genre and put his acting skills to test.
"I have grown up watching commercial, comedy, drama, and action films and that is how I thought that I should enter this field. I would love to do commercial film. I don't restrict myself. I am taking each film as it comes," the actor said.
"We live in a country where the audience is so diverse; so automatically the film genres are also diverse. I would love to be a part of each and every genre," he added.
The tall, dark and handsome star of Bollywood shared that his journey in the industry till now has been "beautiful", saying that he is discovering himself in the process.
Talking about the much-awaited Nambiar action film, he said: "It is a remake of Mani Ratnam's 1988 Tamil film 'Agni Nachathiram'. It is a beautiful film. Bejoy has a very interesting take on the film so I am very excited and let's see how that shapes up."