Actor Vijay Varma’s career has been a testament to his belief in disappearing into the characters he portrays, rather than seeking attention and standing out. Known for his outstanding performances in roles that explore various shades of grey, Varma has captivated audiences with his versatility and commitment to portraying complex characters realistically.
From playing an abusive husband in “Darlings” to a mild-mannered teacher moonlighting as a serial killer in “Dahaad,” Varma has shown his ability to delve into the psyche of characters and bring them to life on screen. His roles in other critically acclaimed projects such as “Gully Boy,” season one of “She,” and “Lust Stories 2” have earned him a dedicated fan base, who eagerly await his next positive role.
In a recent interview, Varma expressed his philosophy on acting, emphasizing that his primary focus is to serve the script and merge seamlessly with it. He believes that trying to stand out or seek attention as an actor would detract from the authenticity of the character and the story. Instead, he aspires to play characters as regular individuals and avoid anything that might make the characters around him appear less believable.
For his role as Anand in “Dahaad,” a Prime Video show starring Sonakshi Sinha, Varma drew inspiration from a chameleon. He wanted to portray Anand as a terrific manipulator who could hide in plain sight. The actor meticulously dressed the character in shirts with vertical lines and patterns, reflecting the chameleon’s ability to blend into its surroundings. Varma credits writer-creator Reema Kagti’s attention to detail for enhancing the authenticity of the character.
When it comes to choosing projects, Varma’s top criteria are the script and the role itself, followed by the director. He strives to avoid repeating himself and is constantly seeking to diversify his roles and challenge his abilities. His commitment to delivering exceptional performances stems from his gratitude for having a platform and an audience to showcase his craft.
Varma draws parallels between acting and sports, likening the joy he derives from acting to the enthusiasm of great sportspeople. He believes that abandoning the pursuit of glory allows him to fully immerse himself in the art of acting. Like watching Diego Maradona running with the ball, Varma wants his performances to convey the beauty of being fully present and invested in the moment.
Throughout his career, Varma has also been surprised by the female attention he has received due to his compelling portrayals. The Hyderabad-born actor remains humbled by the impact his characters have on the audience, especially among female viewers.
Vijay Varma’s approach to acting, grounded in subtlety and a deep connection with the script, has garnered him widespread acclaim and admiration. His ability to inhabit diverse characters convincingly has made him a standout talent in the entertainment industry. As he continues to evolve and explore new horizons, audiences can look forward to witnessing his magnetic performances that continue to challenge and inspire.