The duo gave us party dressing goals, talked cinema, and spilled some interesting secrets.
Such was the tremendous energy exuded by our cover stars Sonakshi Sinha and Vicky Kaushal on the set that we couldn’t help thinking it was an actual party in the making! It was a kaleidoscope of vibrant patterns, quirky prints like the flamingo print on the white jacket that Vicky donned, and outlandish headgear—all playing their parts in making this charade of a stylish party come to life. The vibe was fearless—the bold colours and the holographic makeup—and the mood playfully flirty, perfect for festivities. While Sinha has done some offbeat roles with ease, Kaushal has blown our minds with his diverse roles played with the relish of a consummate actor, and what stayed with us from this shoot was their friendship. As we opened up for a sociable chat, the actors shared some of their earnest viewpoints with us.
Our November cover stars Sonakshi Sinha & Vicky Kaushal.
Tell us about how it all fell in place right from the days of Masaan.
I think acting for me happened in a very organic way. Right from my childhood, I have always gone with the flow, be it my interest in cricket, in watching films, or in being on stage but never with the intention of what I wanted to do later in my life as a career option. I realised my calling for acting during my college days and that is what I really wanted to pursue after I finished my graduation in engineering in 2009. I worked as an assistant director on Gangs of Wasseypur. I, actually, got my first break as a lead for a film called Zubaan and it was directed by Mozez Singh and produced by Guneet Monga, but since that film came out after Masaan, it became my debut film. Neeraj (Ghaywan), the director of Masaan, was a very good friend of mine. We both were ADs on Gangs of Wasseypur.
You have done a versatile range of roles, be it in terms of geographical profiling or emotional range. How did they enrich you?
As an actor, one gets to understand different perspectives of different characters. And that makes me look at life in a more wider way as Vicky Kaushal. The preparation differs with each director.
So, it’s got to do a lot with the vision of the director?
Yes. I have learnt a lot from each and every director that I have been blessed to work with, be it Rajkumar Hirani, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar, Meghna Gulzar, Mozez Singh, Neeraj Singh, or Anand Tiwari. Raju sir is that nice, modest, humble, and beautifully positive human being and you get to see that in his films. Anurag Kashyap is the guy with whom if I get to work once every couple of years, I think I will keep growing beautifully as an actor because he is someone who just puts you in an unknown space. On the other hand, Meghna, as a director, is very much ready on paper.
Back in time, who did you have a crush on?
I had a huge crush on Madhuri Dixit, there’s no other smile like hers. I had a major crush on Preity Zinta when I was in late school and college. She is really cute.
Is there someone you want to work with?
Oh, so many of them (laughs)! From Madhuri Dixit to Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, to the actors of our times. I have already worked with Ranbir Kapoor in Sanju and now working with Ranveer Singh in Takht.
Are you in love?
I’ve turned 30, so I can say that I will get married in a few years.
Any advice for groomsto- be?
I got a beautiful tip from Abhishek Bachchan that “when you get married, say sorry before you go to bed and the first thing right after you wake up. You will be really happy”.
Finally, how was it shooting with sonakshi?
The first time I met Sonakshi was on a flight from Barcelona with our families. I thank Brides Today for bringing us together for the first time on a set. She is someone who respects your space and is comfortable in her own.
Tell us about shooting with vicky kaushal for this party issue cover.
He is a very talented actor and I would love to work with him in a film. As far as the styling for the shoot goes, I love the way the colours pop as I’ve a happy personality and love celebrations in general.
What do you have to say about your current state of fitness?
Reaching this state where I’m today has been an organic process for me. You see, confidence was never an issue for me even when I weighed 95 kilos as I’ve always played sports and lived a very active life. I have tried everything from swimming to weight training and yoga but Pilates is something that has really worked for me as I enjoy doing it. You need to find something that you would enjoy doing such that it becomes a part of your lifestyle. Fitness can’t be a whim; it’s a mindset.
Also, many people ignore strength and equate fitness with being thin, right?
Yes, absolutely, that’s not the correct thing. Women must not ignore their strength quotient.
Back in time, who did you have a crush on?
The only actor that I ever had a crush on was Hrithik Roshan because of Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai.
What are your fondest childhood memories?
Oh, I loved going to school! I used to go to school an hour early so that I could play basketball before my classes started. I used to play football during lunch hour and stay back late to play volleyball and throwball.
Who is your ideal man?
Someone who gives me space and never ties me down.
Any advice for brides-to-be?
Never marry for the wrong reasons
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