Ayushmann Khurrana: the shooting star
He is carving a niche in Hindi cinema with his choice of unconventional films. Ayushmann Khurrana has redefined the role of the hero with most of his characters. From his memorable debut as a sperm donor in Vicky Donor to the groom-to-be with erectile dysfunction in the recently released Shubh Mangal Saavadhan, Ayushmann is pushing boundaries. Talking to Indulge about his latest film, the actor says, “I had to feel secure as a man to accept this role, which deals with erectile dysfunction. It was quite challenging. But if you look at it, I started with a radical film like Vicky Donor, I did Dum Laga Ke Haisha, a film on body shaming and now this one. I treaded an unconventional path and chose subjects that were different. I guess if you present a taboo subject in an entertaining way, that’s the best kind of entertainment.”
What makes Ayushmann stand out among other up-and-coming actors is the fact that most of his films come with an ensemble cast where he is pitted against seasoned artistes. Yet, the actor has never failed to impress. He is unabashedly comfortable in his skin, and says, “As an actor, I love shooting with actors who are A-grade. It just takes the film to the next level. In Vicky Donor, it was Annu Kapoor, Sanjay Mishra in Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Seema Pahwa and others in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. The give-and-take is so amazing you fall in love with their craft as well as your craft. It just keeps you on your toes,” he shares. Another noticeable element in his career is his pairing with Bhumi Pednekar. “I think, as actors, with good characters, we are magical on screen. In our case, our sensibilities are similar,” says Ayushmann.
Though Ayushmann has been appreciated for playing boy-next-door roles, he is waiting to break away from being typecasted. “My next film with Shriram Raghavan will hopefully help me with that. I don the role of the piano player in Shoot the Piano Player. This will be my first dark character,” he says. “But my dream role will be to play a singer in a film and lend my voice to my character. I envied Ranbir (Kapoor) when he played Rockstar. I was like, ‘dude, I really want to do a film like this’,” he adds.