There are only a few television actors who get to show his or her talent on the big screen and become successful. Vikrant Massey is one of those names who got success in whatever he has done, be it TV, Web-series or films. After landing the major role opposite Deepika Padukone in the Meghna Gulzar’s upcoming movie “Chhapak”, based on acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, Massey spoke to the media and said that for him, it has been a sensitive and responsible role that he looks for. His latest web-series “Criminal Justice” on Hotstar Premium is also being appreciated by critics and audiences and Massey is on cloud nine, undoubtedly.
Mumbai-boy from a simple middle-class family
Vikrant was born to Jolly and Meena Massey in Mumbai on 3rd April, 1987. He has an elder brother and their parental side follows the Roman Catholic belief. He went to St. Anthony’s High School and R.D. National College of Arts and Science.
Working Since His Early Age: Shiamak’s troupe, Café cleaning service to TV
Since childhood, Vikrant has been doing work, sometimes as a part of Shiamak Davar’s dance troupe, or sometimes as a part-time cafe-boy in Versova, Mumbai. He was associated with Shiamak Davar’s troupe for two years. He worked at a café in Versova where filmy people would hang out. Vikrant said that his main intention was to earn a fixed salary and probably a role in a film. Being a middle-class guy, he wanted to earn on his own to support his expenses.
The lady of the café warned me that if anyone gets to know that she’s hired an underage boy, she will land up in jail. I assured her and told everyone that I’m three years older than my actual age.
Vikrant made his debut with Kaahan hoo main in 2004 after that he showcased his skills in Dhoom Machaao Dhoom (Disney Channel), Balika Vadhu (Colors), Baba Also Vaar Dhundho (NDTV imagine), Dharam Veer (NDTV imagine), Qubool hain (Zee TV) etc. Every character has his own depth and Vikrant has been an immensely successful TV actor since a while.
Filmography: From Playing Small Roles to Being Cast Opposite The Leading Bollywood Heroine
As a true and sensible artiste, Vikrant never had any issues in playing second lead or small roles in movies if it serves his purpose of leaving a mark on audiences’ minds. His debut film was Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera (2013) where he played the character called Dev, the friend of Varun (Ranveer Singh). In its brief span, Vikrant left a mark (especially in his tragic death scene). Later in Dil Dhadakne Do, Half Girlfriend, Lipstick Under My Burkha, he was in smaller roles.
However, his superiority as an actor is used by Konkona Sen Sharma in her directorial debut movie A Death in the Gunj(2016-17) that brought Vikrant a Filmfare nomination in Critic’s Choice for Best Actor category.
Chhapak opposite Deepika Padukone
Cargo (a sci-fi movie opposite Sweta Tripathi and Mental hai kya (with Kangna Ranaut and Raj Kumar Rao).
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare of Alankrita Srivastava (Kubbra Sait, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar as cast)
Digital Space: From Bablu Pandit to Aditya Sharma
Vikrant has been a hit actor on digital space as well. He was a part of Mirzapur‘s(Amazon Prime) ensemble cast alongside Ali Fazal and Pankaj Tripathi. His roles signify his understanding and belief in content-driven shows. Vikrant’s character in Alt Balaji’s Broken But Beautiful is also loved by the OTT audience. In Hotstar Premium’s Criminal Justice, Vikrant is seen as Aditya, a College kid who gets framed and trapped in a murder. The series has Jackie Shroff and Pankaj Tripathi but Vikrant is successful in emitting his acting excellence with his silence, and expression.
Vikrant is in relationship with Sheetal Thakur, a TV and web-series actress for the last 4 years. He prefers coming back to the family as a regular guy from the glamorous fragile world.
Vikrant had a great interest in dance and drama and it was his school principal who encouraged him to take the career of an artist.
He loves to read books (currently on Khushwant Singh’s autobiography) and play cricket.
Vikrant is a trained ballet dancer, however, due to his busy time schedule couldn’t participate in dance reality shows.
Follow him on Instagram @vikrantmassey87 and @masseysahib on Twitter
Watch the trailer of Vikrant’s latest web-series Criminal Justice