Loving My Space In Bollywood, Carving My Own Niche In The Industry: Ayushmann Khurrana

| June 23 , 2018 , 11:38 IST

Ayushmann Khurrana, by far one of the most beloved actors in Bollywood today, has risen from humble origins went through the whole spectrum of reality shows to be an RJ, then became the actor we all know and love today.

He rose to fame with 'Vicky Donor' which touched upon the topic of sperm donation and 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' which brought attention to the taboo subject of erectile dysfunction. 

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who has carved a nook for himself in just six years in Bollywood, says he his loving his space in Bollywood.

"I am loving my space in Bollywood. It is great to be associated with content-driven cinema and films which give a message in the end in an entertaining way. It's a great space to be in and also being in the space of being an actor-singer makes me a little different. It makes me carve my own niche in the industry," Ayushmann told IANS.

When asked about how he feels of not being a conventional Bollywood hero, he said, "The times have changed, the audiences have changed, the films have changed. Any character who is central to the theme of the film is actually the hero of the film."

The 33-year-old actor said it makes a film actor more watchable and palatable for the audience if "quirk, spice and something unique" is added to the role.

He seems to have always been a man of diverse talents, Khurrana's first break came as a 17-year old on Channel V's PopStars in 2002. But his life-changing break was obviously with the youth-based Reality show 'Roadies-Season 2' in 2004, where he emerged as the winner. The actor then kick-started his career he went on to conquer the world of V Jing and anchoring.

The year 2012 was another big time in the actor's life when he made his Bollywood debut in Vicky Donor and after that, he kept on climbing the success stairs.

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He said that it was never a conscious choice to do genres as different as chalk and cheese. While everyone might not agree that his movie roles have been path-breaking. All of his movie choices have been unique, different and somewhat relevant to today's day and age.

Khurrana, who was there to host the IIFA Rocks at the ongoing 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards said, "More than anything else, I choose the scripts which are like really different and unique. I think I am lucky that I am getting interesting scripts. The idea is to have unique scripts and then go for the character which you are playing."

In hindsight, he said he is glad he started his career with a "radical script" like "Vicky Donor," in which he played a sperm donor.

"My last film ('Shubh Mangal Saavdhan') was completely and diametrically different from a sperm donor to a guy with erectile dysfunction. So, I have got the whole spectrum correct. I am glad I am getting to make these choices," he said.

He's not the typical Bollywood actor we might expect, but more the breath of fresh air that we need. 

In all his films have a touch of realism in them, Khurrana said, "It's great to have real life references... Like you are playing some characters on-screen, you add a little bit of yourself in it and make it more believable and relatable.

"But at times there are no references because you have not gone through certain experiences. Then I think you have to be a keen observer of life... That's more important."

His next projects are 'Shoot The Piano Player', a thriller and 'Badhaai Ho'. 

For now, Ayushmann is upbeat about co-hosting IIFA Rocks with Kartik Aaryan. Performing live is something Ayushmann loves.

“Live performance is instant gratification... You get to know about the audience instantly and improvise instantly. So, I think it has its own charm.”