Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 17, 2017)

Impressed by Vicky Kaushal's turn in Neeraj Ghaywan's internationally-acclaimed Masaan, the Italian duo, writer journalist Miriam Mauti and photographer Riccardo Ghilardi, recently got in touch with the 28-year-old actor. They wish to feature him in the Indian section of their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled book which is reflection on actors across the world. It will launched at the Florence Renaissance Film Festival, along with an exhibition of their portraits.

Vicky did a photo shoot with them at Mumbai's Edward Cinema two weeks ago, during which they also spoke about his journey in films, including Masaan. “My character, Deepak, worked in a crematorium and as part of my prep I used to spend eight to 10 hours in a crematorium which was like a reality check for me. The film also helped me overcome my phobia for deep water bodies. I learnt to swim specially for Masaan,“ he reminisces.

A section of the book focuses on Bollywood and Miriam, he admits, was curious about our larger-than-life films. “I told her that we have grown up listening to stories of love and bravery so can easily connect with these films. But times have also changed and so we're also experimenting with content,“ he says, adding that if his schedule permits he would love to be at the festival.