Vicky Kaushal is an Indian film actor known for the award-winning film Masaan.
Vicky is a Punjabi, born and brought up in Mumbai. His father Shyam Kaushal is a Bollywood action director and stunt coordinator who has worked in films like Slumdog Millionaire, 3 Idiots and Bajrangi Bhaijaan among others. His brother Sunny Kaushal, working in film industry too, has been assistant director in Gunday and trainee assistant director in My Friend Pinto.
Vicky graduated as an Electonics and Telecommunications engineer in 2009. He had job offers but as he aspiring to be an actor, he started theatre. He joined an acting workshop under Kishore Namit Kapoor. He went on to do minor roles in films like Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and Bombay Velvet besides a short film, Geek Out. He kept doing theatre, in the meanwhile, with the groups of Manav Kaul and Naseeruddin Shah among others.
In 2010 he assisted Anurag Kashyap on the two parts of the film Gangs of Wasseypur. Neeraj Ghaywan was also one of the assistant directors in the film. When Neeraj began to work on his film Masaan Vicky too was called for an audition. According to Neeraj, initially, he had apprehensions about Vicky doing the role of a small town Banaras boy because he came from a typical Punjabi background. But he got convinced about his ability after watching the audition.
The film earned rave reviews winning two awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Vicky Kaushal too came in for special praise for his portrayal of a low caste boy in love with higher caste girl.