Vikrant Massey on playing complex characters: It's a tricky space, can be traumatic
Vikrant Massey believes an actor is often in a vulnerable position as it becomes difficult at times to come out of the tricky space one gets into while essaying certain characters.The actor, known for his performances across mediums TV, films and web including Balika Vadhu, Lootera, A Death In The Gunj, Chhapaak and Criminal Justice, said he deals with the post-performance trauma with the help of his family and by choosing fun-yet-versatile parts.
Vikrant Massey believes an actor is often in a ''vulnerable'' position as it becomes difficult at times to come out of the ''tricky space'' one get's into while essaying certain characters.
The actor, known for his performances across mediums – TV, films and web including ''Balika Vadhu'', ''Lootera'', ''A Death In The Gunj'', ''Chhapaak'' and ''Criminal Justice'', said he deals with the post-performance ''trauma'' with the help of his family and by choosing fun-yet-versatile parts. ''There is a common perception that actors have identity crisis and it does happen, I don't deny that... There are so many characters that suck you so deep, you carry a lot of trauma when they are intense or in tricky space. It is bound to happen. Actors are very vulnerable,'' Massey told PTI. There are days, the Mumbai-born actor said, when he is ''completely immersed'' in a character and finds it difficult to come out of it. ''I am brought to myself by the people who are closest to me. Hence, it is essential to have a strong support system in form of your family and friends, who accept you for who you are and not for what you do professionally,'' he added. Recalling the time when he worked on actor Konkona Sensharma's 2016 directorial debut "A Death In The Gunj'', Massey said he was not able to ''switch off'' from his character of Shutu, a sensitive and vulnerable man. ''My parents were worried because my emotional and mental health had gone for a toss.'' The actor said his role of the partner of an acid attack survivor in 2020's ''Chhapaak'', also impacted him a lot, following which he decided to work on romantic-comedy "Ginny Weds Sunny", which was released last year.
''It was a very conscious decision. I didn't want to do something intense and that there is some fun while working on it.'' Massey, 34, is nowadays receiving acclaim for his performance in his latest film on Netflix ''Haseen Dillruba''. His complex portrayal of small town man Rishu has been well-received by the audience, and the actor will next be seen in social-comedy ''14 Phere'', which premieres on ZEE5 on July 23. Doing the film, which features Kirti Kharbanda as the female lead, was a conscious decision as to showcase his versatility as a performer, said the actor.
''I wanted to do it, not because I want to take break from all this intensity but also to dabble into different genres and showcase whatever I can do as an actor.'' Massey, who has been active in the field of arts since childhood and has been a part of the entertainment industry for 17 years, said his key learning as an artiste has been to stay consistent with quality work.
The actor believes that at a time when audiences are just a click away from the world cinema, artists in India need to work even harder to match up to the global scale of performance. ''The new generation has access to the best of world cinema and it is about time that we pull up our socks and present quality as honestly as we can. The output is the same from my end for all the mediums, I play the character with utmost sincerity. ''I want to dish out quality, excellence. I don't want to offer anything substandard or be complacent," he said. Massey's future projects include in Shah Rukh Khan's home production movie "Love Hostel", Hindi remake of Malayalam film "Forensic" and Santosh Sivan-directed action-thriller "Mumbaikar".
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