Aspiring to take up a career in film, he assisted Anurag Kashyap in the crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur and went on to play minor roles in two of Kashyap's productions. Kaushal rose to prominence in with supporting roles in Raazi and Sanju , two of the highest-grossing Hindi films of the year. The following year, he played the lead role of a military officer in the commercially successful action film Uri: The Surgical Strike , winning the National Film Award for Best Actor. Kaushal was born on 16 May in a chawl in suburban Mumbai to Sham Kaushal, a stuntman and subsequent action director in Hindi films. He briefly took on an engineering job and began accompanying his father to film sets. Kaushal played his first leading role in the independent drama Masaan , directed by Neeraj Ghaywan. Kaushal and Ghaywan were both assistants on Gangs of Wasseypur , and he was cast in the film after Rajkummar Rao backed out. He worked with a speech therapist to learn stammering patterns and spent time with some of the doctor's patients.
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