26 glorious years and still counting
- 14 Jul - 20 Jul, 2018
It’s been two years since Ayushmann Khurrana gave the massive hit Dum Laga Ke Haisha (DLKH), since then he’s kept his fans waiting. He isn’t overtly bothered about the break. He says it’s important to choose the right films. Citing examples of other actors he says, “Ranveer Singh, after Lootera, was away for a while as he suffered an injury. Pari (Parineeti Chopra) hasn’t done anything since two years. You don’t have to be desperate to fill in the blanks. You should not take any wrong step. Go with the right script and the right people.”
He was recently seen in, Bareilly Ki Barfi (BKB) directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, a romcom in which Ayushmann plays the owner of a printing press.
While watching Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Nil Battey Sannata, Ayushmann was moved to tears. He considers himself fortunate to have got a chance to work with the director. About his co-star Kriti Sanon, with whom he’s paired up for the first time, he says, both of them are reinventing themselves. “This is the first time I’m playing an alpha male. And this is the first time Kriti’s playing a rustic girl, raw, deglam and real.”
Incidentally, Ashwiny was to direct the Ayushmann Bhumi Pendnekar starrer Manmarziyan after director Sameer Sharma’s exit. “Aanand L Rai (producer) and I did discuss about Ashwiny taking over the film. Unfortunately, our dates couldn’t match. I became busy with Meri Pyaari Bindu (MPB) and Bhumi with her film Toilet Ek Prem Katha. I don’t know us film ka kya hoga,” he wonders aloud. “There were creative differences. So I guess, we lost the flow. It’s unfortunate. I’d love to work with Bhumi again more so now in her new glam avatar,” says he of his DLKH co-star. Yet he’s not someone to wallow in setbacks. He believes in moving on. “I’m a detached person. I don’t get emotional when it comes to my career or anything else. I don’t get affected by things,” he states.
Ayushmann’s been passionate about music as well. “If I’m not doing films then I’m busy with music, going on tours with my band or hosting events. I hardly do more than two films a year. All these pursuits keep me creatively charged,” says the singing star who recently launched his new single Ik Vaari, and has also sung numbers in BKB and MPB. Travelling does take away from his family time. “Obviously, I’m missing out on my children’s (son Virajveer and daughter Varushka) childhood, which is the best phase for any parent. But I’m blessed that I’m a young father. If you become a father in your 20s you have the energy to run around with your kids. They take you as a friend,” he smiles. “In life, you win some, you lose some. Life’s never perfect. You’ve got to learn to enjoy the imperfections. After all, whatever I’m doing is for their benefit as well.”
Ayushmann confides that it’s difficult to behave ‘father’ like. “My wife Tahira says I’m still a kid. It’s important to let the child in you stay alive. It helps you remain creative and happier in life. I’d like my children to remain childlike too, that’s the only way to joy,” he says. He denies that being a married man has undermined his sex-appeal. He chuckles, “I get proposals on Twitter everyday and they also tag my wife,” says the actor who came in around the same time Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Arjun Kapoor were launched. “Whether you’re single or married doesn’t matter. It’s your talent that makes you attractive,” he declares.
He recalls that the unprecedented success of Vicky Donor left him overwhelmed. “I was quite lost. Suddenly, I was wanted by everyone. An introvert like me was bombarded with attention. Such is the power of cinema. Before Vicky Donor, I could enjoy my evening; take a walk at Juhu beach, but not so now,” he claims. “I’m not an attention seeker. Being an actor and yet not being an attention seeker is an oxymoron. I’m my own person. I’m self absorbed, self consumed,” he observes. “There’s no desperation to give interviews. I like my space. I’ve learnt to draw the line because I realised my personal life was suffering. I’ve understood that you can’t be available for everyone and that there has to be a filter somewhere,” he avers.
He understands that being a public figure, fans expect to interact with him at public sightings. “Sometimes, you’re in an introspective frame of mind, or chatting with a friend, in a serious discussion or just plain hungry and want to enjoy your food, but you are expected to meet your fan,” he explains the hazards of being a celebrity.
“There are also times when you’re happy and don’t mind getting clicked a thousand times,” he shares.
The reticent actor agrees that networking is essential given the nature of his profession but that also has its limitations. “I could go the extra mile and convince a filmmaker to do a film with me. But that won’t give me happiness. I’d rather let my work speak for me,” he opines. But isn’t the monk-like deportment contrary to being a showbiz denizen? “True, artistes are like that. But most people do have a business sense too; I guess, I’m strictly creative. I can’t think about PR. I can just think about my role and music,” he says.
Happily for him, even the Friday fever doesn’t bog him down. “In my case, Fridays are far apart. So I don’t have a constant pressure to prove myself. I enjoy my music, my life, my travels. I’m not into competition,” he laughs. Just as in conversation, his thoughts on Twitter reveal his reflective Sufi side. He agrees saying, “That’s part of my personality. I’ve always had a Sufi slant. In fact, my blog is called the Goofy Sufi. I’m both goofy and Sufi at the same time. It’s to express your personality online. That’s why people follow you.”
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