From Balika Vadhu to Chhapaak, Vikrant Massey has surely come a long way. The actor began his career with Television. His talent was recognized in no time, and a lot more doors were opened for him. After working hard for years, he finally got his big Bollywood break with Lootera. There was no looking back ever since.
But like most actors, the journey wasn’t a cakewalk. He was rejected, removed and had to undergo a lot of hardships to be where he is today. What we love the most about Vikrant, is that he has never glorified his struggle but has always believed in the climb.
Vikrant Massey, however, was once made to feel unhappy about his physique. In fact, the Mirzapur actor was said that he wasn’t a ‘good looking guy with biceps’, which many feel is a ‘pre-requisite’ for a Bollywood hero. The actor himself has opened up about it all and below is what he has to say.
In a conversation with Times Of India, Vikrant Massey shared, “I was told to my face I am not quintessential hero material. I am not the good-looking guy with biceps. Yeh sab sunke aapki himmat toot jaati hai. These comments weren’t positive and I took it personally. I was angry, but I used that anger to prove these people wrong. As an actor, I had over 10 years of experience in TV, but that wasn’t counted. You have to start from scratch and you have to adapt as these two are different mediums with different priorities.”
Talking about the nepotism debate, Vikrant put forth his stand clearly. He shared, “When I saw Irrfan’s performance in Maqbool (2003), I decided that’s the kind of work I want to do. I have grown up admiring actors like Balraj Sahni, Naseeruddin Shah, and now, Rajkummar Rao. Some actors want to be like Hrithik Roshan, while some aspire to be like Irrfan sahab. You need to know what you want. Having family and friends around, who you can rely on, helps a great deal. They make sure you don’t get carried away. I cannot stress enough on the importance of having the right people around.”