Amitabh Bachchan : helped Vijay Varma shape his character in Gully Boy.

Actor Vijay Varma says he has been quietly waiting in the wings for his big moment in the spotlight, which has finally arrived with Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy.

Though Vijay, 34, has appeared in films like Chittagong, Pink and Monsoon Shootout, his acting in the Zoya Akhtar-directed film has brought him a lot of critical acclaims.

In the film, Vijay plays Moeen, a brother-figure to Ranveer Singh’s Murad, a mechanic who moonlights as a carjacker by the night.

When you are doing theatre and a play is happening, you are waiting in the wings for your entry. You enter and do your bit. I was in the wings, ready, with my costume on, knowing that now I will enter But sometimes I didn’t get that entry. With Gully Boy, it feels like this is the time I am entering the stage and doing my bit,” Vijay told PTI in an interview.

For Vijay, playing Moeen meant looking for references from his life experiences and borrowing certain character traits from the actors he looks up to — Jackie Shroff and Amitabh Bachchan.

If there were no bars, we would probably be holding each other. I am glad there was a distance because Moeen wouldn’t like to expose his vulnerable side. I got emotional. He (Ranveer) was genuinely in tears, being empathetic to Moeen but Moeen is not used to that kind of affection towards him because he doesn’t have anyone in his life.

Gully Boy has given Vijay a wider recognition and he hopes to continue doing good work even in his next projects, a web series written and produced by Imtiaz Ali and a film Bamfaad, which is presented by Anurag Kashyap.

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