Ayushmann Khurrana is one of the most amazing actors in Bollywood. He is always known for selecting some exceptional content-based scripts. His recent release Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui was also an exceptional movie. The way he played the role of Manvinder Munjal was appreciated by the audience.
Recently, Ayushmann Khurrana talks about working in Abhishek Kapoor’s Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. Ayushmann said,
“It was very important for me to play that character, that of a stereotypical alpha guy, who is dumb and unaware because he represents the common guy on the streets in India.”
“How his emotional transformation happens in the film is the crux of the film. I am born and brought up in Chandigarh, so I know that city and I know the people. And I have done street theatre and radio, so I know people who are like Mannu. I’ve had a very varied lifestyle, I was also a part of a cricket team, so I have been exposed to people from every walk, and I have met these people who are unaware and think that their physicality is above everything. Mannu comes from that mindset. In fact, back in the day, when I was in school and college, there was hardly any acceptance for the (LGBTQA+) community at that time. But we all learn as we grow up. Then I shifted to Mumbai for my first job, I interacted with people from the community, and empathy grew in me. Of course it was a gradual process, but I am altogether a different person now.”
Ayushmann Khurrana is an actor who excelled with his performances in Vicky Donor, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Badhaai Ho, Dream Girl, Bala, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, and Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. He has always chosen content-driven films. Talking about does the choices of films, limit him as an actor, he said it naturally comes to him to do films with risky subjects.
“I think it will always be difficult. I started my film career with a risky subject. I’ve always been a risk-taker, I have no other option. And, it is very difficult to find great scripts, and it is more than difficult to find a script which is known as a content script and still resonates with the masses and has a wider reach.”
Talking about his upcoming project, Ayushmann said that his next movie is an action film and is learning MMA for the project. He added,
“My next is an action film, it is called Action Hero, and I am learning MMA (mixed martial arts) for that and that’s going to be a big challenge for me because it is a genre-breaker for me. Even Anek for that matter, with Anubhav Sinha, is also a genre-breaker. So, anything that is outside my comfort zone is challenging. Having said that, I’ll not stop doing social comedies or dramas because that forms the crux of my filmography. And, it is very important me as I come from street theatre background who used to make plays on social issues, and this is just an extension of that personality.”
Ayushmann revealed that he had rejected six movies before making his debut in Vicky Donor. Talking about choosing Vicky Donor, he revealed,
“You’ll be surprised. I was a VJ (video jockey) back then and I was getting a lot of offers as an actor, and I had said no to six films already, even before making a debut. Of course, they were no big films, they were with very vanilla themes and concepts, done to death subjects. So, there was this urge in me to do something different and path-breaking. I wanted to take on concepts that were not explored. I am glad that Shoojit Sircar showed faith in me and came up with such a path-breaking subject, and made it into a family film. That set the path for me and I thought how films are a great medium to trigger a social change and start conversations.”
Kudos to Ayushmann Khurrana for selecting movies based on taboo subjects and delivering them to perfection. What do you guys think about it? Let us know in the comments below.