In 2015, an indie movie captured the imagination of the world and introduced us to the magic of Vicky Kaushal.

Three years later, the magic hasn’t faded. In fact, Kaushal has managed to rule our hearts with brilliant and diverse performances, ever since.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

From Masaan to Sanju, he has managed to surprise us with his talent every single time.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

Here’s a look at the versatility he has displayed in a short span of just two years:

1. As Deepak in Masaan

As a young college student of impoverished background who falls in love for the first time, only to lose that love, Vicky as Deepak brought a raw intensity to his role that few newcomers can pull off so easily.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

His pain was relatable not just because of the expert plotline, but also because his performance tugged at your heartstrings.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

(Was I the only one who fell hopelessly in love with him right at this moment?)

2. As Dilsher in Zubaan

Though the movie didn’t gain as much attention in India, it was the first Bollywood film to open the 20th edition of the Busan International Film Festival.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

And while the director of the movie took home the award, it was Vicky Kaushal’s charming smile as a Punjabi rockstar that left the audience (and yours truly) cheering him on.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

3. As Raman in Raman Raghav 2.0

The movie was bold, his choice to play a grey character like Raman even bolder. Not only did he justify the character of a person conflicted with personal demons, he also proved he could play a drug-addict cop with just as much ease as he could play a young man, vulnerable in love.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

4. As Sanjay in Love per Square Foot

Netflix’s first Hindi special introduced us to the Vicky Kaushal we could imagine sitting next to us in the metro, or working with us in office (if only!).

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

He was the perfect 20-something adult, facing parental pressure, dealing with a bad affair, and tentatively falling in love – in short learning the difficult art of adulting.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

5. As Iqbal Syed in Raazi

One word, only one word is enough to describe him in this role – debonair!

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

Not only did he look strikingly handsome as a young officer, the subtle strains of sensitivity that his character displayed were very convincing.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection
And heartbroken, when he confronts Sehmat (Alia Bhatt), it wasn’t just her heart that broke. He definitely aces in playing nuanced characters who you feel emotionally invested in.
Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

6. As Paras in Lust Stories (Karan Johar’s Segment)

One moment he is winning the best husband award in Raazi, and the next time we see him on screen as the embodiment of the average Indian husband. You call it talent, I just call it sheer magic.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

Vicky Kaushal is the finest addition in the small group of upcoming actors who allow Bollywood to shed the ‘macho man’ image of male leads and give us relatable characters instead. Like the innocent but unaware Paras.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

7. As Kamlesh “Kamli” Kanhaiyalal Kapasi in Sanju

If Ranbir Kapoor is the heart of the movie, it is Vicky Kaushal’s Kamlesh who is the soul of this movie.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection

Just like every other role he has played, the chemistry that he shares with Ranbir, as his best friend, feels completely natural.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection
Throughout the movie his antics make you laugh, his activities make you cry, and as the movie ends, you are just left in awe of this star in making.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection
Vicky Kaushal has seven characters under his belt, and all of them are completely diverse from one another. Yet he justified each role he played and we couldn’t help but believe in all his reel life personas.

Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection
He is a delight to watch, every single time. Which is why, we are already excited to watch him in Manmarziyaan, where he is, once again, sporting a completely different look.
Vicky Kaushal, Masaan, Deepak, Sanju, Kamli, Role, Perfection
Thank you Vicky Kaushal for being an actor we can’t help but look out for.