Guwahati boy in the movie 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' - Meet Devraj Ghosh
The much-anticipated movie 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' was released yesterday, Jan 11, 2019. The movie is a befitting tribute to the Indian Army. The movie is a real-life story based on the surgical strikes conducted in 2016 by the Indian Army, against the militant launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
The movie, like any other patriotic movies, has ignited a sense of emotion in the hearts of all the Indians.
Alongside Vicky Kaushal's top-notch performance in the war drama, stands a young boy from the northeast, Devraj Ghosh, who has made his debut in Bollywood with the movie 'Uri: The Surgical Strike.' Devraj was born in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, and raised in different parts of the northeast due to his parents' job. His family is currently settled in Guwahati. He ditched a glossy 9-5 IT job to pursue his dream. He started with modeling as a career and later decided to shift to acting. He moved from Bangalore to Mumbai in 2016, and completed his acting course from Anupam Kher's 'Actor Prepares' - The School For Actors, wherein he was trained under the guidance of Rabijita Gogoi, who again is a powerhouse director and acting instructor from Guwahati. Devraj is also a theatre artist and has worked on 4 short films prior to 'Uri'.
Devraj, in Uri, plays the character of Niloy Banerjee, who is a Special Force Commando. The protagonist, Vicky Kaushal, plays the role of Major Vihan Shergill, who leads a team of around 15 commandos, one of which is played by our very own Devraj.
Devraj appeared for the first round of audition with Casting Director Vicky Sidana, and on the very next day was called for the second round of audition, and was selected amongst several hundreds of people for the role.
For Devraj, 'Uri' is a massive learning experience. He considers it a big deal to even get a chance to work along with actors who are well established in the industry, and equally popular and versatile. Speaking to G Plus about his role and experience of the movie, the actor said, "It was very difficult to prepare for the character, and even difficult to get into the psyche of an army officer. To be a part of an army boot camp, and get trained by real army officials was an experience of a lifetime."
"Bollywood is a tough place; hundreds of people are getting added to the competition every minute. You need to work hard, you need to have the talent, and you need to have contacts. To be a ‘somebody’, you need to place all three elements in the correct place and proportion," said the actor.
The actor is currently working on a web series and has a short film project in hand. Although he wants to work with different filmmakers and act in films of different genres, he desires to work with Sriram Raghavan at some point in his career. He says that the movie 'Ek Haseena Thi' by Raghavan made quite an impact in his mind.
Here’s wishing Devraj Ghosh all the very best for his career.