About Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal is an actor from the Indian film industry. He graduated as an electronics and telecommunications engineer, but he aspired to be an actor. He joined an acting workshop under Kishore Namit Kapoor and started doing theatre with the groups of Manav Kaul, Naseeruddin Shah, and others. In 2010, he assisted Anurag Kashyap on the two-part film, Gangs of Wasseypur. Neeraj Ghaywan, who was also one of the assistant directors in Gangs of Wasseypur, later cast him in his film Masaan, Masaan eventually won many accolades and prestigious awards. Kaushal’s filmography till date also includes Anurag Kashyap's psychological thriller, Raman Raghav 2.0, in which he was paired against Nawazuddin Siddique and Zubaan directed by Mozez Singh.

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This morning I was sitting in my car, waiting for the signal to turn green. Mumbai isn’t a place known to be particularly kind towards its regular travellers. But the city, howsoever fast and furious, has its own moments of subtle compassion!
Dull faced, handkerchief on my nose, trying to take care of the interfering cold, lost amidst the chaos in my mind, I sat praying that the traffic Gods show some mercy.

She came to my window and started begging for some money. Teen aged, loud make-up and “gutka” stained teeth.

I remained indifferent, looking away at nothing. It becomes easier with sunglasses and a handkerchief on your face. After sometime she knocked and asked me to roll down the window for once.

I did, and as I got ready to say “Aage badho” (move away), she said “Chehra kyun dhakaa hai, muskuro do”. (Why are you hiding your face? Can’t you smile at least?)

I looked at her, pulled my handkerchief down and smiled.

She smiled back, way more generously than I did.

I gave her some money and asked her not to take “gutka”.

She smiled and lied. “Main toh nahi khaati”. (I never have all those).

And she made me smile again, this time whole heartedly.

The signal turned green.

The FM radio inside the car played, “Tu na jaane aas paas hai khuda”.

(You don’t realise but God rests just around the corner)!


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