By Sanya Pandey

New Delhi, Jan 11 (UNI) Actor Vicky Kaushal who has ruled 2018 with his performances in films like 'Raazi', 'Manmarziyan', and 'Sanju', is now seen playing Major Vihan Singh Shergill in 'Uri: The Surgical Strike', says it was an honour to just wear that uniform, and it comes with lot of pressure also, as you can't portray that role with a frivolous state of mind.

Talking to UNI, Vicky said it was an honour to play man in uniform.

'It was an honour to just wear that uniform. It comes with lot of pressure also as you can't portray that role with a frivolous state of mind. You have to be very sensitive, you have to act responsibly and you have to study the part very well as you playing special force para commando,' he said.

'It's a mission based film. Enacting those operations, the code language, the conduct has to be well researched and well studied, you can't create them on your own. So it brings a lot of pressure but at the same time it's a very enriching experience also,' he said.

Asking his inputs as an actor in the film, Vicky said, 'Rather than my inputs, we were craving for the inputs from the army itself and they were very supportive in the research of the film. Aditya Dhar was responsible for the research. For months he documented things that he could for the surgical strikes and so my inputs were not there, it was Aditya's and the army's inputs that helped me portray Major Vihan Shergill.'

Asking if there was any difference portraying Pakistani and Indian soldier, Vicky, who has portrayed a Pakistani soldier in 'Raazi', said one doesn't portrays character because of the nationality.

'It doesn't means I am portraying Pakistani soldier then I have to portray differently and if Indian then differently. It is based on which society you belong, the era. That was a war based film, this is an operation based film. The job profiles are different of both the characters. In this I am playing special force para commando. So based on these factors, characters become different,' he said.

If the movie shows Pakistan in bad light, Vicky said, 'The film shows terrorism in a bad light.'

If Major Vihan was the toughest character he played till date, Vicky said, 'It was the most exhausting and demanding role I have played. I am so happy that I have gone through a process like this.'

'When you get to through a process like this, you grow as an actor. When there is an experience that really pushes your patience, your level of hard work, one really grows as a person,' he said.

On his biggest takeaway from 'URI', Vicky said,'the spirit of the Indian army. The service before self and that spirit is just unmatchable. I salute them and they are real heroes of the nation.'

Vicky who has given some power packed performances in 2018, and 2019 is opening with his film, says,'I don't think I have ruled 2018, I think great stories have ruled 2018. Good films have ruled 2018. And I just got lucky to be part of some of them. I was lucky to be working with great directors and producers in 2018. And it feels very good the way people responded to those films with so much love and warmth. It always feels good.'

'So I am very thankful to them. Since the year is starting with my film, it's an exciting feeling. Hope the audience responds good to URI,' he said.

On Pakistani artists getting banned in India, Vicky said,'It feels bad that art is getting affected. At the same time it can be taken as a silent protest that we are disallowing you to work here, so that you can go back and question your administration and government that this is what you have to face in the neighbouring country. So it's a silent protest but in both ways it's unfortunate, but if it's needed then it's needed.'

On how much nationalism is too much nationalism, Vicky said,'If you love and respect your country then nothing is too much and it's really need to be kept very simple.'

On his expectations from 2019, Vicky said,'I am working very hard to make it even better than 2018 and I have my fingers crossed.'

'Uri: The Surgical Strike' is action film written and directed by debutant Aditya Dhar and produced by Ronnie Screwvala under his banner RSVP Movies.

Starring Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina and Yami Gautam, the film is based on the 2016 Indian Army's surgical strikes on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir as a retaliation for the Uri attack.

It was theatrically released on January 11.

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