Hey Folks! In this week’s #BlabWithSandy, we have actor Vikramjeet Virk. He was seen in films like Heart Attack, Paisa Vasool, Rudhramadevi, and a beeline of other films. His recent Netflix release ‘Drive’ is continuing winning many hearts. Let’s dive into the blab I had with him:
Sandy: Hello Vikramjeet ji. Kaise hain aap?
Vikramjeet: Hello Sandy! Sab theek hai, hope you are also doing good.
Sandy: Yes! Firstly, congratulations on your Netflix movie Drive, which is doing well.
Vikramjeet: Thank you so much Sandy!
Sandy: Could you throw some information on your early background?
Vikramjeet: I completed my studies from a school situated at a village which is 32 kms far from Karnal. With my friends’ circle, I got hold of the city mindset, as they knew more about modelling. They encouraged me to try out modelling and that’s how I started traveling to Delhi, just to try.
I did my portfolio and met quite a few people. Monday to Friday, I was busy with my 12th while over the weekends, I used to visit Delhi for my trials. I got to learn about an audition for the Lakme India Fashion Week. I got selected for it and it used to happen twice yearly, Winter at Bombay and Summer at Delhi. That’s where I made my debut.
Sandy: Such a wonderful journey to listen! How did films beckon you?
Vikramjeet: I made a Government bus pass and tried my luck at the auditions in Mumbai. It’s all about hardwork and destiny. I used to be very shy back then and even now, I am a little shy.
On my debut, celebrities like Kareena Kapoor, Rohit Bal, and others were present. Though I was nervous, but somehow, I had the confidence to grow big.
I gave my exams and worked as a model side by side for 3-4 years in Delhi. In 2008-09, I moved to Mumbai and randomly went for auditions. Luckily, I happened to meet a friend who suggested me to visit Ashutosh Govariker’s office. We both went and gave our auditions.
The next day, I got to learn that he did not get a call, but I did, haha! Ashutosh Govariker wanted to meet me and it was a decent role.
I got inspired by him and his nature. Insaan ko Insaan samajhte hain who, tol mol nahi karte. The film was Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se.
After which, I made my South debut with Mohanlal’s Casanovva, wherein I played the main villain.
It was a great experience working for that film and it was a big hit back then.
Sandy: Your claim to fame in Tollywood was Puri Jagannadh’s Heart Attack and Paisa Vasool. How has the experience been of working with Puri Jagannadh?
Vikramjeet: Another person I admire the most is Puri Jagannadh. It has been my pleasure to know him personally and work with him. My Tollywood journey has been good. Heart Attack and Paisa Vasool had me in pivotal roles, and they did bring me recognition.
Quick Shot Round:
- Biggest difference between Tollywood and Bollywood: It has to be the language, hahaha!
- Your favorite body part workout: Legs
- 3AM friends in the Industry: Nobody! I sleep at 10:30pm and wake up by 6am. Nobody can disturb me during that period, Lol!
- A habit of yours which you aren’t happy about: I am not a Social person. I think, I need to start socializing a little
- When idle, what do you indulge in? I like to play outdoor games and watch Netflix
- One good thing and one bad thing about the industry: The industry accepts everyone from anywhere who come here to work sincerely. It appreciates hardworking and honest people. In short, talent always shines. Bad thing is, people take people for granted
- Biggest regret till date: When I’d cut my hair to pursue modelling. I belong to a Sikh family and I am very proud of it
- If you were to be stuck in the lift with two other people, who would those be? Aamir Khan and Jason Statham
- Love: Happiness
Sandy: Coming about your latest work in Karan Johar’s Drive. How did you get the opportunity to star in this film?
Vikramjeet: When I went for my auditions, I got to know that they required a typical long hair and a bearded guy for this role. I was bald as I had just shaved my hair for an assignment. I did have a nice beard though, thus I gave my auditions.
They really liked my audition and said that the character seems like it was written for me as I fit the role perfectly. I generally don’t like tattoos, and they showed me one tattoo image which had Baba Deep Singh ji, one of the oldest Sikh warriors. I am his fan and that made me say yes to having a tattoo.
My role is like an amazing Punjabi guy, who looks massive but is very soft spoken. The film is all about street car racing. It is a lovely experience being part of this project.
Sandy: Could you share some insights on working with director Tarun Mansukhani?
Vikramjeet: I was waiting for the right role in Bollywood. I waited for 4-5 years, and it was a long wait, but I feel I got the one which was worth it, as it happened with Dharma Productions.
Tarun Mansukhani is an amazing guy, and a chilled-out person. He always keeps joking around and, is always there to help you. We have become close buddies now.
Sandy: How has the experience been of working alongside Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez and Sapna Pabbi?
Vikramjeet: Sushant is a nice guy, who knows what his forte is! He doesn’t waste his time on the sets as he always is on the go and is busy doing something or the other, like reading, watching something or learning something new.
Jacqueline is chilled out and bubbly. She is very sportive and nice to everyone. I loved working with her. After me being selected for the role, the makers were scouting for the fourth character. After auditioning few girls, finally Sapna Pabbi was picked. She has been a delight to work with. All of us had some great time at the shooting.
Sandy: What’s in the pipeline for you in the coming months?
Vikramjeet: I just completed shooting for the Telugu flick 22, and a Punjabi film called Ik Sandhu Hunda Si. There are a few more things coming up which I can’t talk about right now.
Sandy: A few words about Hyderabad Local.
Vikramjeet: Thanks for choosing me for the interview Sandy. As I said, talent always shines. You have the talent, hope you shine big in the industry.
Editor’s note: I loved blabbing with Vikramjeet Virk and getting to know more about his film journey. He is known to be a hard working actor and it surely is paying off for him as he is slowly and steadily growing big. Wishing Vikramjeet, a high-speed cinematic journey ahead!
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