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Vikrant Massey: A Journey from TV Soaps to Silver Screens.


In this article, you will get to know about the rising superstar Vikrant Massey’s journey and evolution in bollywood.

Do you know the lead male actor of the nationwide-loved 2023 movie 12th Fail?

Yes! It’s Vikrant Massey

But do you know about the challenging journey that led him to the world of cinema?

A well-known and talented Bollywood actor, Vikrant Massey has successfully made a significant mark in both television and Bollywood. 

He is currently being immensely praised for his performance in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 12th Fail movie, where he played the role of a UPSC aspirant and even won his first filmfare for best male actor(critics).  The audience are in absolute love with his performance in the film.His performance and the movie’s story have inspired many aspirants dedicated to their goals.

But how enough is good enough?

Vikrant’s Early life

Vikrant was born into a middle-class family in Mumbai. He grew up in a nuclear family and was interested in singing and dancing from a young age. He often participated in small skits and plays during his school days. In his first year of college, he also worked as an assistant choreographer.

At 17, Vikrant got his first offer of a role in a prime-time TV show, and he made his acting debut with the “Kahan Ho Tum” TV show in 2004 and was even part of the Disney’s teen TV drama, “Dhoom Machale Dhoom.”

However, Balika Vadhu, a Colors TV show, gave him fame and recognition. And ever since then, he appeared in many other TV serials.

But it didn’t feel right anymore to be on TV. The content was regressive, though money could have been a motivating factor. But mind you, money can never buy you happiness or make you feel content about your art.

In 2013, he entered the world of cinemas by getting a role in the “Lootera” movie, which was yet another turning point in his life.

Thus, if patience and resilience had any face it has to be Vikrant Massey. “Lootera” in 2013 to “12th Fail” in 2024. He has definitely come a long way. 

Do you know?

Vikrant once rejected a TV show contract that offered him Rs. 35 lakhs per month because he wanted to work in films. This incident represents his dedication to his goal.

Life is never a straight line, we struggle, and so did Vikrant Massey.

Like almost everyone, this rising star has also faced a lot of struggles in his life and learned from them. In an interview, he opened up about the financial problems he faced. He shared that he belonged to a lower-middle-class family, where his father’s salary would run out on the 10th of every month. His mother was a homemaker, and his father worked at a construction firm. He stated that his struggles have defined his personality.

He shared that when he was on TV shows, he was told that he couldn’t work in films, and when he came to the cinema, he was told that he could just play the part of a hero’s friend. 

But these opinions never stopped him from chasing his goals. Instead, he played many roles as a protagonist and proved all these assumptions were wrong.

Do you know about the TV shows Massey did before entering the world of films?

Vikrant started his acting career with TV shows and appeared in multiple TV serials. He has worked in serials like Dhoom Machado Dhoom (2007), Dharam Veer (2008), Balika Vadhu (2009–10), Baba also Var Dhundo (2010), Qubool Hai (2013), Yeh Hai Aashiqui (2013), and Ajab Gajab Ghar Jamai (2014). 

He became popular when he appeared in a famous TV show called ‘“Balika Vadhu” and became a household name after this TV serial. He learned and gained experience from the TV shows he did, and this helped him in his film career.

Vikrant has been seen playing many romantic roles in his movies,

But what is his real-life love story?

Vikrant Massey has married actress Sheetal Thakur. She is an Indian actress who has worked in numerous Punjabi movies. She made her acting debut in Bollywood films with “Brij Mohan Amar Rahe.” She is also known for her role in the “Broken but Beautiful” web series.

According to some reports, she met Vikrant on the sets of Broken but Beautiful, and they started dating. They got engaged in November 2019, and on February 18, 2022, he married her in a traditional ceremony. They recently got blessed with a baby boy as well.

In Fact she was the one, who helped him survive monetary wise, when he switched from TV to movies.

His breakthrough movies and series

Vikrant has worked on many TV shows, movies, and web series. His breakthrough series were Mirzapur, Criminal Justice, and Broken but Beautiful. He started with Lootera, Dil Dhadakne Do, and Half Girlfriend in his film career, where he played side roles.

A Death in the Gunj (2017) was the movie where he got the lead role, a turning point in his career. After this, he delivered many successful movies, such as Chapaak, Haseen Dilruba, and 12th Fail.

The turning point

Vikrant’s most-appreciated movie, 12th Fail.

12th Fail, released in 2023, is the most successful movie of Vikrant’s career. This movie, directed by Vidhya Vinod Chopra, has brought Vikrant into the limelight. His performance in the film is commendable, and the audience immensely praises it. 

In one of his interviews, Vikrant Massey said that they all did the workshop for one whole year before the shooting schedule of the movie. The whole team worked extremely hard before the movie was released.

The story so honest, the story that people could connect with, 12th Fail was the movie that was an absolute treat to watch because of fantastic direction and also some great acting skills by not only Vikrant Massey but also the entire star cast of the film.

From working on the diction to dialogue delivery to grooming yourself atta-chakki boy to waiting in front of a restaurant as a young hungry aspirant, you really need to understand this craft very well, to deliver a role with so much conviction.

Vikrant’s role as the aspirant, Manoj Kumar Sharma, gained a lot of appreciation from the audience including from Business Tycoon, Anand Mahindra. Anand Mahendra was so impressed with his performance that he was delighted when he received the best actor role for the movie, 12th Fail . The audience loved his performance in the movie, marking a new turning point in his life.

Final Thoughts

Vikrant Massey’s life journey is epitome of his versatility, talent, and dedication. From tv to movies, Vikrant Massey ‘s rags to riches journey is an inspiration for other aspiring actors but his hard work and determination were always the constant.

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