Sunny Kaushal Bhangra dancing in the dance extravaganza Bhanga Paa Le is in one word, extraordinary.
The young actor who happens to be Vicky Kaushal’s sibling, dances the Bhangra like a dream.
“It wasn’t easy, getting the role and preparing for it,” Sunny recounts. “Being from a Punjabi family I was familiar with the Bhangra . Every year Vicky and I would be taken by our Dad(action director Sham Kaushal) to our roots in Punjab where the Bhangra is a way of life,” says Sunny.
Of course training for the Bhangra professionally was another ballgame altogether for Sunny. “When I heard the role I was determined that it had to be me, and no one else playing the double role of two individuals from different generations locked together through the Bhangra. I was willing to audition as many times as required. But the role had to be mine. Once I got the role, then began the intense Bhangra rehearsals.”
Dancing the Bhangra at weddings and parties is one thing. Doing it for the film to look like a professional was another. “I had to look convincing and fluid and committed and passionate and casual…the Bhangra is not just an expression of dance it is also a form of emotional expression.”
Now after playing a Bhangra dancer Sunny Kaushal has developed an abiding passion for the dance form. “I am glad the Bhangra is getting its due recognition through cinema and cultural events.”
Many think Bhangra Paa Le is Sunny’s debut film.
“It is not,” he clarifies. “I made my debut with Sunshine Music Tours & Travels in 2016. Then I played a Sikh hockey player in Reema Kagti’s Gold. No one remembers me in the first film because no one saw it.As for Gold,I was unrecognizable as a Sardarji. I had to wait for two years to get my second film. I’m not afraid to bide my time. I don’t have to worry about where my next meal comes from.”
Being Vicky Kaushal’s brother, is that a blessing or a curse? “It is neither.Vicky and I have our own journey. I am just so proud of what Vicky has achieved. Our father is a selfmade man.So is Vicky. I am happy to go along with whatever destiny has in store.I’ve been a struggler since 2016. I will continue to struggle if I have to.”
Coming up next is an intense love story for producer Dinesh Vijan.
“It’s titled Shiddat. It stars me and Radhika Madan and it is a very intense love story. Then I’m the main character in Kabir Khan’s web series The Forgotten Army Azadi Ke Liye. Like Bhangra Paa Le, Kabir’s series takes me back to the 1940s. Come to think of it, even my role in Gold took me back to the 1940s. I guess I’ve some kind of a connection with that era.”