Sandalwood will soon get a Sylvester Stallone lookalike in the Puneeth-starrer, Dheera Rana Vikrama, with Vikram Singh, who looks like the Indian Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, and will play the antagonist.
Vikram, popular as Loco Vicky among his friends, has been part of a couple of Telugu films and has acted alongside Mahesh Babu and Pavan Kalyan. Speaking about his Kannada debut, he says, “I can’t ask for more as my first movie in Kannada is with the biggest star of the industry and that too as the main bad guy opposite him,” says the young actor. He added, “The industry in the South is technically very good. When Pavan Wadiyar, the director of Dheera narrated the script, I felt it was a unique story, which is never the case in Bollywood. Also, Karnataka is a whole new market for me.”
The actor will start shoot from May-end and according to him, before he lands in the city, he will be watching a few of Puneeth’s films. “Currently, I am dubbing for Heropanti, after which I will make time to watch his films,” he says
Interestingly, Vikram has played the lead in five films and chose to be a baddie in Heropanti starring Tiger Shroff. “I would want to get back to be a hero and more so in hardcore action films. I am trying to pitch in for such kind of projects,” he says.
Speaking about the fame he has got for being a lookalike of Sylvester Stallone, Vikram says, “Not only am I popular for looking like him here, when I travel overseas, people look at me and say ‘Hey, look, it’s Stallone’s younger brother!’
Talking about Heropanti, Vikram said, “It was not an easy task to get into the film as a lot of auditions took place. I did not choose the movie, the movie has chosen me. They were looking for a North- Indian look and I fit the bill. The performance came easy as I am from North.”
And for the actor, Stallone has been an idol and according to him, he himself is a trained boxer.
“I have the entire movie collection of Stallone. Over the Top is one of my favourite movies and I even contacted the producer of the film and sent my pictures. I still have his mail, which he sent a couple of years ago. He had written, ‘India has got a young Sylvester. I can’t believe that you are so much like him. Very unique face for an Indian actor.’ It was a very big compliment to me,” he says.