What a yr Ayushmann Khurrana has had! Two outstanding hits and his profession is hovering. Alas, the darkish clouds did seem on his brilliant horizon. However Ayushmann didn’t enable his spouse’s sickness to eclipse his optimism. She’s therapeutic and his profession is doing high-quality, thanks, Ayushmann tells Subhash Okay Jha
Badhaai Ho, Ayushmann aap toh Andhadhun hits de rahen hain?
Ha ha. I by no means get uninterested in listening to that. It’s heartening to know I’ve been appreciated a lot. It’s like a present from God. And naturally as you say, the happiness was equalized by disappointment. It simply goes to point out we should all the time stroll the center path in life. By no means take both the happiness or the sorrow to coronary heart. Simply do what you need to do.
Now that you’re a star how has your life modified through the previous yr?
In Mumbai there aren’t any huge crowds when stars shoot. Just lately I used to be capturing exterior Mumbai, and for the primary time there have been a whole bunch of individuals to see me. I noticed while you attain the Rs. 100 crore-mark you additionally multiply your viewers in the identical ratio. Earlier than Andhadhun which reached Rs. 75 crores and Badhaai Ho which scored Rs. 137 crores, my highest grosser was Shubh Mangal Saavdhan which was a Rs. 45 crore grosser. I immediately realized the place issues had reached. All through the outside schedule there have been crowds to be managed.
Now, they’re saying you and actors like Vicky Kaushal and Rajkummar Rao are altering the field workplace equation on the high with the Khans no extra the kings?
I can solely communicate for myself. And I can let you know with surety that it isn’t the actor. It’s the content material. In fact we too have contributed to the success of the movies this yr. But it surely’s a undeniable fact that content material is King. Actors like us are making unconventional decisions and we’ve a variety of choices not simply in cinema but in addition within the digital area. The viewers should get a great purpose to make that journey to film theatres.
Until not too long ago it was believed that audiences went to the film theatre for larger-than-life experiences. However Badhaai Ho was life-size?
Even the larger-than-life cinema should resonate with the viewers. Massive or small, the viewers should be given one thing to take residence with them. Badhaai Ho was among the finest scripts I had learn.
Badhaai Ho gave us loads to take residence so far as trying on the method we understand the life of oldsters goes. I imply we all the time presume they don’t have any lifetime of their very own past their youngsters, not to mention have intercourse?
It depends upon the upbringing additionally. In my residence my dad and mom indulged in numerous PDA. They’d maintain fingers, and so on. And we had been used to it. I see nothing uncommon in dad and mom being intimate. However I do know my pals and my kin grew up in an surroundings the place intimacy between dad and mom was unthinkable. I by no means thought like that. It was subsequently very tough for me to narrate to my character Nakul in Badhaai Ho who was shocked when he realized his dad and mom had intercourse. However I suppose I’d even have an issue if my dad and mom had a baby at that age. It isn’t sensible. There’re organic issues, after which in all probability the accountability of citing the kid would in all probability go to the eldest son of the household.
Did you take pleasure in enjoying the eldest son of the household in Badhaai Ho?
Oh sure. We really lived collectively like a household through the making of Badhaai Ho, a lot in order that that my director (Amit Sharma) stated I look extra like Neena Gupta’s youthful brother than her son.
I imagine you discovered Neena Gupta too scorching to play your mom?
I did! The factor is, I had not seen her for a great twenty years and the Neena Gupta in my thoughts was the one I had seen dancing to ‘Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai’ in Khalnaayak. However I have to say she continues to be very enticing for a girl her age. It was the director’s thought to forged her. I used to be unsure she can be okay as my mom. Then I noticed her in a brief movie Khujli that she had finished not too long ago with Jackie Shroff. Then I used to be satisfied. However Gajraj Rao as my father was my thought. An even bigger star wouldn’t have been so convincing. He provides out a beautiful trustworthy vibe. I’ve labored with him on tv. In truth I had really useful him in Three-Four movies earlier than Badhaai Ho. However he wasn’t eager as he was busy in theatre. Gajrajji is lastly getting the success he deserves.
Coming to your second hit in 2018, Andhadhun. Did you anticipate have two hits in a row?
I used to be extraordinarily assured about each the movies and their administrators. However I by no means anticipated them to launch back-to-back. In 2017 after I had two back-to-back releases Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Bareilly Ki Barfi I used to be extra nervous as a result of they had been related in style and temper. I used to be extra assured with Badhaai Ho and Andhadhun since they had been so completely different from each other. Andhadhun was a clutter-breaker. It’s genre-defying thought: a darkish suspense thriller accentuated by humour. Although a veteran director, Sriram Raghavan has a really younger thoughts. Andhadhun is my private favorite. As a result of I’ve by no means finished something like this.
Nor have any of your contemporaries?
True. To play blind and to play the piano, I labored actually exhausting. It was actually difficult. I knew to play the harmonium however I learnt the piano for this movie.
Have you ever continued your piano enjoying after the movie, being a musician?
I’d like to. However I’m constantly travelling. As of now, my 6-year previous son is studying the piano. In truth he not too long ago had a live performance in class.
Your brother Aparshakti had an enormous hit Stree in 2018. What do you consider his success?
I’m glad he has his personal journey. It’s good that he’s coming into his personal. I used to be pleasantly stunned by his comedian timing in Stree. I’m relieved he’s a special type of actor from me. Although we’ve related tastes in music and we come from an analogous background—anchoring, radio and so on—we’re completely different personalities.
Now that you just’re an enormous star how do you intend to maneuver forward?
The plan is to be a part of movies with nice content material, that are entertaining and have a sure worth addition. We as actors are very self-obsessed. However a movie is just not about anyone actor. I wish to go along with completely different tales. Presently I’m doing two movies Dream Lady and Bala. Bala is about untimely balding. I play a man in his 20s going bald. This can be a rampant drawback. 40 p.c males undergo from untimely balding.
Dream Lady exhibits you in a saree. Are you enjoying a cross-dresser?
In a method. It’s a really attention-grabbing character.
Sexual dysfunction appears a operating theme in your roles?
Solely two Vicky Donor and Shubh Mangal Savdhan. That’s all. Taboo topics is the frequent thread to my cinema. I’m glad to get taboo topics out of the drawing room, on to the display screen. We have to make progressive movies in a clear wholesome tone, preserving the household audiences in thoughts. I’m the viewers. I select the scripts that I would like see on display screen.
Lastly how is your spouse recovering from her sickness? Is she on the highway to restoration?
Sure she is. And she is going to begin engaged on her movie as director. For preserving each our spirits excessive all through this attempting interval the credit score goes to Tahira my spouse. She now lectures and talks to most cancers survivors. Once we found the sickness each of us made certain that the journey to her restoration can be our journey collectively. She made it simpler for me. We each imagine that each my success professionally and her sickness are OUR shared future in life. Once you take up a collective accountability for a state of affairs along with your partner, it all the time turns into simpler.