Vikrant Massey’s journey from television screens to Bollywood dreams is the kind of success story we all root for!

Aishwarya Srinivasan
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Through sole faith in his talent, Vikrant Massey bagged roles that always left an impact on us as an audience. We're going down the memory lane of some of his best works on his birthday!

Not many people know this but the Vikrant Massey that we see on-screen today, actually started his career as a Disney kid. Entering the world of acting with zero connections to the industry, he actually got his first break on a teen show on Disney Channel called ‘Dhoom Machao Dhoom’. He played the sweet lover boy in high school and little did we know he would go from that to shocking us with such intense roles in the future. He then expanded his acting career by becoming the new face of television and got his big break in Balika Vadhu. The show is what put him on the map and gave him a step forward into the big screens where no matter the length, nature or scope of his role, he was still turning heads towards him. 

With each new project that he did, not only did he work towards increasing his screen time but also brought nuance to the story with whichever role he got. For instance, his first big break in Bollywood was in Dil Dhadakne Do, and while he might’ve not been in the lead cast, his arc definitely was pivotal to what happens in the story and he contributed to that with all his heart. Then with Death in the Gunj, Mirzapur, Love Hostel and many other notable works of his, he brought versatility to his filmography which eventually led him to Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 12th Fail. The film initially did not create hype with its trailer, but after its release went on to become one of the highest grossing and the most critically acclaimed films of 2023 and all of this was simply through the word of mouth of the audiences. He’s clearly an actor who lets his work do all the talking!

Also Read: Ajay Devgn: The king of versatility!

Here are 9 characters that speak volumes about his talent!

Manoj Kumar Sharma - 12th Fail

Every good actor has a path breaking film in their career which lives on with them forever. 12th Fail will always be that for Vikrant. In the film, he plays a 12th fail who aspires to become an IPS officer. His will to restart his academic journey and give one of the most complicated exams- UPSC is the true soul of the film. Vikrant breathed life into a complicated character like Manoj with effortless ease and this was eventually touted as one of his best works till date.

Rishabh Saxena - Haseena Dilruba

In this romantic thriller, Vikrant played Rishabh Saxena who brought a charming yet mysterious vibe to the film. The character was poles apart from what we’ve previously seen him as and the way he portrayed the character brought in a lot of intrigue and depth towards the story.

Bablu Pandit - Mirzapur

Bablu Pandit is yet another character that garnered him the praise of the audience and the critics. His character was righteous, determined and yet he switched seamlessly between scenes where he needed to be vulnerable and when he needed to do intense action.

Ahmed Shaukeen - Love Hostel

He played a Muslim guy who falls in love with a Hindu girl and when the two weren’t given blessings by their families, they decided to run away to seek a more peaceful life. But little did he know that he had havoc waiting for them! He plays a character who is torn between his love and his past life and he does full justice while portraying that.

Shutu Chatterjee - A Death in the Gunj

Shutu was a troubled young man navigating his way through a tense family gathering and Vikrant portrays his inner turmoil and conflicts with nuance in this spooky thriller. 

Sunny - Ginny Weds Sunny

We definetely need more of Vikrant in feel-good rom-coms. In Ginny Weds Sunny, he plays Sunny, a bachelor eager to get married. He tries winning over a former crush with some help from her mother. This one was a fresh yet romantic story which seemed to suit his personality a lot!

Amol Gupta - Chhapaak

Chhapaak was the story of an acid attack victim and Vikrant played the character of Amol who fell in love with her regardless of what happened to her. While the film did not do well at the box office, Vikrant sure did have a good eye for picking out scripts that stand out and work with different kinds of directors.

Rana Khanna - Dil Dhadakne Do

Firstly, he plays a rich kid who is vacationing on a yacht, which in itself was so different from what people perceived him as back then. Rana fell in love with someone his family absolutely loathed and that created chaos but also humor in so many situations in the film. Vikrant as Rana was sensitive, funny, romantic but mostly crazy, all at the same time. 

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Shyam Singh - Balika Vadhu

Balika Vadhu was one of the most viewed shows on television at one point. He played Shyam Singh, a supportive husband to Sugna and became a known face to every household in India.

Happy Birthday to the actor par excellence and here’s to many more unforgettable roles in the future!

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