- Tell us a bit about yourself and what you are known for?
I am an Actor and International Model. I am known for just being me, blunt and down to earth, which is very important, also my healthy diets I had the pleasure of giving all my authors. I make Vikkaszone behind-the-scenes videos and I love to share about my family particularly about my beautiful nephew, Krrish.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a Cover Model or how did it come about?
I have been modelling for the past 10 years all around the world. My first cover was for Grace Burrowes and then it just started. I was on hundreds of covers after that and it grew thanks to Anna for designing and helping me build my studio which is Vikkaszone Studio. She made the clothes, designed them, and executed Vikkaszone to where it is now. Not to mention my wonderful Designers, Photographers and all the Models who helped in making Vikkaszone a success.
- What are some of the covers we can see you on or productions we can see you in?
Here are some of my favorite projects.
- What upcoming projects do you have in modeling?
I have a big shoot lined up in the 1st week of March with 6 to 8 models from Hollywood and aspiring actresses, who are from different ethnic backgrounds, as well as plus size models with variety of genres we plan to shoot.
- What would you say is something surprising most people don’t know about you?
I can sing and write poetry. I do sing classical Indian songs. I am a fan of Jagjit Singh.
- What was one of unexpected things you learned in being a public figure?
I was told never to eat at a party, while cameras are rolling and or photographing you.
- If you could pick one actor to play a character in your in the movie version of your life story, who would it be and why?
Christopher Reeve, I really relate to him and his ethics. Being SUPERHERO is one thing, but helping others as he did is another. He was the most handsome dashing hero of Hollywood, there is no one like him.
- What’s your favorite memory?
There are millions. From remembering my mom and dad when I was a child, really stressed and tried to remember their faces when I was 6 or 7 and I can sort of remember. My mother is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen in my life. Then memories of growing up in New York and wearing red underwear from the carpet my dad threw away and making a superman costume from it going to the roof at the age of 11 and I almost jumped off the building and my dad had to remind me that this is not real. I actually thought at that age that superman is real. Then my 1st ever film shoot in Mumbai, India as a Leading Man. My first shot with leading lady 1st day, 1st scene and 1st on screen Kiss, oh boy I was a nervous wreck.
- Do you have a favorite book cover that you’ve done and why is your favorite?
My 1st cover I ever saw was for Grace Burrowes, absolutely loved it.
- As a cover model, do you read any of the books that you’ve modeled for? If not, what type of books are you drawn to as a reader?
I usually read Spiritual books, long back I read the Secret. I am reading Laws of the Spirit World. Honestly, I don’t get much time to read my own books I model for.
- If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring actor what would it be?
You must focus and be as natural as possible and mainly never ever give up. Just because someone says NO, it doesn’t mean anything to me, except there is a YES waiting as I enter and open another door.
- There’s been some cover models, that have fat shamed, what do you say to them?
Personally, I feel that everyone is entitled to an opinion, but no one, who has a basic understanding of compassion or empathy for others, would single out a person’s appearance and belittle them to the point they fell less than who they are. Basic common sense would mean no one attacks another’s appearance because everyone is exactly who they are meant to be. There are people who happen to be a size zero, but their hearts (what’s inside) needs some serious adjustment. There could be many reasons why a person is where they are in their lives—size, looks, health, genetics. To do a blanket judgement of a certain size, or even class, of people that way is cruel.
We are all here on this planet and time ticks away for everyone. I believe in helping and guiding, rather than point out any deficiencies. Just because people comment and say that I look or seem a certain way, doesn’t mean that I don’t try to improve daily—that’s physical, spiritually, mentally. I remember one of my author friends asked me to help her lose weight. I simply made a video of the smoothies I drink every day and posted the video on Facebook. The amount of responses I received was wild!!! I had people writing to me from London, Austria, Australia saying they have been doing smoothies the way I made them and they have lost weight and they feel better. Not to mention Turmeric tea which I also drink for anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. It is amazing. The best way to help others is by showing not shaming. Common sense is not a flower that grows in everyone’s garden. Sad truth, but it is what it is.
- With all the romantic covers that you’ve done, what is your favorite costuming to do?
I love doing Historicals and my fav has to be Pirate. I just love that look.
- What is your idea of a romantic date?
Romantic dinner at the beach, while people play the violin.
- What do like to do when you aren’t working?
I love the gym, Racketball. I like to help others with their form or little advice when asked. I love listening to music, usually Budha Bar, Enigma and Depeche Mode.
- Is there anything else you want to share with your fans?
Always be kind and one thing, I was taught by a Yogi long back, he said, “Vikkas, what you suffered 10 years ago you must not suffer now holding that thought. Because that thing is gone from your life and your present is very important. I understand you get hurt, we all do but your focus should be NOW. How can I better myself today and have an imagination for tomorrow. Past is gone and there is reason why it’s called the past.”
Basically, it has a deeper meaning to it than I have explained it. Most importantly always love your elders, you will be where they are now. Learn to have patience and wisdom and learn from them. My parents are my life and I can’t live one day without seeing them. My mom always says, “Parents are like the Seasons of the Universe, they come and go but while they are here, enjoy with them, learn from them and most importantly TAKE CARE OF THEM.”
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