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Dahaad actor Vijay Varma reveals who inspired him to play grey characters

From Robert De Niro and Al Pacino to Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, the actor has been influenced by many

Dahaad actor Vijay Varma reveals who inspired him to play grey characters

Vijay Varma plays a serial killer in Dahaad

  • Reema Gowalla

Last Updated: 01.36 AM, May 16, 2023

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Be it Hamza Sheikh in Darlings or Anand Swarnakar in Dahaad, Vijay Varma seems to know how to portray the onscreen negative characters with conviction and finesse. Lately, the actor has been garnering a lot of attention for his role in Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti’s crime-mystery-thriller web series on Amazon Prime Video. While speaking in an interview recently, Vijay revealed that he “naturally gravitates towards playing dark characters, as they are quite a fertile territory for any actor”. 

So, who is it that inspired him to take up negative roles in the first place? “Dark characters always excite me. I grew up on a staple diet of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, who have played such incredibly delicious negative characters with aplomb,” he told IANS.

In terms of Hindi cinema, Vijay seems to be fairly influenced by the earlier works of Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. “You see them playing morally dubious characters with shades of darkness and very human tendencies of anger and violence,” the actor added.


In Dahaad - which also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Gulshan Devaiah - Vijay plays the role of a serial killer in Rajasthan, who targets young women from lower castes and manipulates them by making them fall in love with him, before he murders them.

Commenting on his character, Vijay said, “For all my earlier characters, they had some level of humanity to them… Even Hamza. He was abusive and toxic, but he loved Badrunissa. But, for this character of mine in Dahaad, he has no humanity. He is cold-blooded. So, I went all out as an actor for this one.” 

Apart from these recent projects, Vijay is also known for his performance in Pink, Gully Boy, Baaghi 3 and Mirzapur.

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