In a recent media interview, Reema Kagti who directed Dahaad and Jasmeet K Reen who directed Darlings starring Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah spoke about Vijay Varma’s portrayal of Anand in Dahaad and Hamza in Darlings.
Talking about casting Varma as a sly serial killer in Dahaad, Kagti said, “Vijay was always our choice since he had worked with us in Gully Boy; we were aware of his acting chops. He is easy but he has gravitas. That’s exactly what the character Anand needed.” Varma breathes life into characters in the way writers and directors visualise them.
Speaking about Hamza, Reen in an interaction with a leading daily said, "Vijay makes his character his own. However, it was hard for him to play Hamza, initially. It made him uncomfortable since Hamza believes he is right, he is the best man for Badru, that he has the right to control and punish her, as if she exists for him and him alone." She also recalls how they had several conversations about Hamza's love for Badru, how Vijay uses humour while patronizing her and is so scared of losing her. Gurmeet Singh, director of Mirzapur season 2, which saw Vijay in a double role says, "He always manages to humanize his characters and that makes him endearing."
Varma will be seen in Lust Stories 2 alongside Tamannaah Bhatia. He also has The Devotion of Suspect X opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan and Jaideep Ahlawat in the pipeline.