Mumbai: Actor Vicky Kaushal, who assisted Anurag Kashyap before bagging his breakthrough role in “Masaan”, says he considers the filmmaker as his mentor as he learnt all about acting and cinema from him.
Vicky assisted the “Dev D” director on the two parts of “Gangs of Wasseypur” in 2010, which the actor says was like a “film school” to him. “Anurag Kashyap is my guru, my mentor. Whatever I have learnt about cinema and acting is through him. Working on ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ was like a film school experience,” Vicky told PTI.
“I got to know how a film is made, the technicalities of it – lights, camera, sound… how actors function. I am thankful I had that experience because that has helped me immensely,” he said.
The actor will be next seen in the musical drama “Zubaan”, written and directed by debutant Mozez Singh. Vicky says he bagged the film much before “Masaan” happened, and the feeling took time to sink-in.
“The feeling didn’t sink in for sometime. I called my dad and told him, he started jumping. I thought wow, that is how I should be reacting. I went home, told my mom and she was so happy, for the first time I saw her dancing. That night I called Mozez again and met him. It then finally hit me. It took a whole day to sink-in.”
The actor, who had previously appeared in minor roles in films like “Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana” and “Bombay Velvet”, was initially scared about his first solo lead. “I knew I had a big responsibility. A debutant director was depending and trusting a new guy, for a film he wanted to make since 7-9 years. I was scared but very excited. I had been struggling for work, auditioning, doing theatre. I knew when I got the role I had to surrender myself. I started understanding his vision.”