Gone are those days when a film would become a guranteed blockbuster with a superstar in it! Today, the audience is hungry for good stories, greater content irrespective of how big or small the actor is; 2018 being the best example to prove the same. Where Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero, Salman Khan’s Race 3, Aamir Khan’s Thugs Of Hindostan failed to make an impression. Small-budget films like Ayushmann Khurrana’s Andhadun, Rajkummar Rao’s Stree, Vicky Kaushal’s Raazi won over the audience and made amazing money at the box office. So does this mean Rajkummar, Ayushmann and Vicky are the ‘new-age’ Khans of Bollywood; ruling the box office one film at a time?
When I met Vicky Kaushal recently ahead of his upcoming film Uri: The Surgical Strike, I put forth this same question and asked him how does it feel when people compare his, Ayushmann and Rajkummar’s journey to the superstars of Bollywood and consider them to be the new driving force of Bollywood and he said, “See we feel grateful to the audience if they give us so much love. But the thing is, every year we come up with new trendsetting categories…this was the year of this and so on and I feel it should continue this way with something new happening with every passing year. This time, ‘New-age actor’ is the new term that’s come up…it’s good, a great thing in fact. It’s a token of appreciation only and we embrace it with open arms but it’s all just a part and parcel of our profession, of our journey. We are just working with honesty. It’s primarily the films getting the appreciation and that’s why we are also getting the love. So I feel it’s really important for the film to recieve the love!”
Uri: The Surgical Strike is Vicky’s first film of 2019, that’s releasing tomorrow.