the actor Vijay Verma He says his story is a classic underdog tale, going from a wide-eyed boy with dreams who ran away from his home and headed to Mumbai to finally become an actor.
In this interview with Indianexpress.comVijay opens up about how he navigated a stage when he didn’t have much work before him. He said he was a beggar at the time and wasn’t supposed to choose, but he made sure to turn it around himself by choosing the right projects and learning along the way.
On getting a great movie cast with movies like Pink, The Suitable Boy, Gully Boy, and Darlings, the actor said, “These projects come to me but I had to choose. I had a short trip. I was in a situation where I didn’t have enough to choose from. , so I had to take everything I could through the bad times. Soon, I realized that even beggars could pick them. So early on, in terms of auditions and everything, I used to turn down audition for parts I didn’t like.”
“I decided I had to take matters into my own hands and choose what I wanted to do in my career. I didn’t want to take on roles that I couldn’t do justice to. I had to start from scratch. Fortunately for me, I am now in a place where I can organize the kind of films I want to do with it and the parts I want to play in. Now that I have a little bit of work to do, I can’t replicate what I did before. So, this becomes one of the criteria while choosing a script. The other is to understand what I’m doing in the movie, and the third, and most importantly, is What does the movie do, what does it say, and how well does it say it.”
Vijay also explained how to him and Alia BhattDarlings’ characters are pillars no matter what they did in Gully Boy. He says, “I had to make a conscious decision, because I and Alia, we were also in Gully Boy. So, we wanted to make sure that we create completely new identities. The script was rich enough to give us a lot to nurture. I went to Piccola, spent with people, heard their stories, And I heard how they party, how they spend their evenings, how obsessed with reels, how they love their social media and the music they listen to. I studied them and realized how there is more Urdu in Bambaya, which I love because I am from Hyderabad. This is how I collected small parts with it so that Hamza became a very respectable man, with a government job.”
Vijay has been an actor for ten years and describes it as a journey with a lot of learning. “The underdog who came here ten years ago, feels visible now. I have taken many leaps, risks and opportunities at the cost of fragmenting almost my entire family. I ran away from home. So, they all feel a lot of relief now, and they fear how I am going to succeed, not who It’s easy to go to Mumbai and become someone. I was told ‘To SRK Nahi Hai’, but now SRK has hired me for his movie,” Vijay shared.
The female filmmakers have directed some of the best films in Vijay’s recent films. Darlings, too, is a movie about domestic violence, directed by Jasmeet Kerr, a junior director. Regarding the female gaze in stories, and if it makes a difference in the way the story is told, Vijay says, “It makes no difference per se, but I like it when a female director directs me, especially when I play a really evil character. I like the way the female director sees it. There is a certain genre. From the look the director has to even the wicked guy, which is very affectionate.”
“They want to say what a monster this person is, but somehow it still evokes a kind of sympathy. But there is an equal amount of vulnerability that Shojit Sircar or Imtiaz Ali or Zoya Akhtar bring to their films. They are equally diverse and sympathetic people. So it makes no difference. Practically between different races when it comes to working with filmmakers, but with Darlings I feel that only a woman can tell the story,” concludes Vijay.