Every time I meet Ayushmann Khurrana, I come away liking him a little more. Just like his reel characters, his real persona is as endearing and grows on you. That’s his biggest strength as an actor and as a person. He’s one star, who carries his popularity nonchalantly. Perhaps, because he’s witnessed the highs and lows at close quarters and hasn’t given in to the frills that come with a flamboyant profession.
That he’s a realist, leaves you impressed. He’s still the young boy from Chandigarh, who celebrates the wonderment of life and art. Who enjoys the limelight but is aware of the shadow it casts. Who understands that to survive, he has to speak the jargon of the times. That’s why he’d rather be the common man’s hero, who emerges victor battling his vulnerabilities. His portrayal in earthy narratives like Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan last year drew wide appreciation and applause. What’s more, they catapulted him into being a viable commercial star as well.
The coming months also look promising for Ayushamann. He changes gear with Sriram Raghavan’s tentatively titled Shoot The Paino Player. Cast alongside Tabu, this is one collaboration that could be a treat for cineastes. After that, he goes back to his zone with Badhaai Ho, a quirky comedy about a middle-class family. With meaningful films,
Talking about films he instantly confident about, Ayushmann says, “(Smiles) Vicky Donor, DLKH, BKB and SMSO these were the only films I said yes to immediately after the first narration. The rest I kept re-reading several times to convince myself. The first reaction is the most organic. It’s like reacting to a joke. If you don’t laugh in the first instance, you start giving logic to that. Then you’re stuck.”
He further adds, “I was asked to read the script of DLKH just to gauge my reaction. I was so floored by it that I called Aditya Chopra and said,
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