Chandigarh-based actor and singer Ayushmann Khurrana has reached new heights in Bollywood and we leave no chance to flaunt that he’s a Chandigarhian!
GhaintPunjab talked to this busy star while he was soaking the winter sun at his home in Chandigarh.
Cliché but an important question is that how did the journey into acting and singing start?
“I always wanted to be an actor and one of my classic favourites is Qyamat Se Qyamat Tak. I used to act in plays during my school time and my first play was in standard five, Merchant of Venice. The second play was a musical so it demanded dancing and acting at the same time,” says Ayushmann.
Education being the backbone to career, was it ever ignored?
“My parents were very particular about my studies although during my college days in DAV college, Chandigarh I was an avid theater performer but I used to give priority to education as well,” explains Ayushmann.
Further going into details he shares that quite often people quit studies to find success in the city of dreams of Mumbai but he respected education and gave it weightage of course choice differs.
“I won an MTV reality show Roadies in 2004 when I was in the final year of college but then also I came back and did my post graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication from Panjab University. Actually it totally depends on personal choice I feel success is well prepared if you are educated,” answers Ayushmann.
He really looks up to the King Khan Shah Rukh Khan, “I admire his intelligence and how he has evolved with times without having any Godfather in the industry he without doubtis a self-made man,” quips the actor.
So when did he suit of for Mumbai nagariya?
“I packed my bags in the end of year of 2007 and started with VJing for MTV. Then got into anchoring and hosted the first two seasons for the reality show India’s Got Talent, Just Dance and IPL season 3 and lot many award shows,” defines Ayushmann.
Currently anchoring has taken a back seat but acting and singing are a part of me now. Also, evolution is an integral for an artist and Ayushmann proves that with his different roles that he has played and will play.
For the songs he has sung and composed Punjabi is a part of them. “I feel Punjabi gives certain texture to the composition and is slightly less generic,” says Ayushamann.
So whether it is Vicky Donor’s Paani Da Rang or Nautanki Saala’s Saadi Gali Aaja the melodious voice of Ayushmann has given the songs tremendous praise for his singing in the audience.
Your upcoming flicks?
“I have Meri Pyari Bindu opposite Parineeti Chopra where I have played a Bengali character Abhimanyu Roy who is an author and is in love with his neighbour. Whereas the second one is Bareilly Ki Barfi opposite Kriti Sanon where I adorn the character of the owner of a printing press who belongs to UP and his success story,” explains Ayushmann.
And what about theatre’s role in forming a backbone for acting?
“In theatre one has to interact with the audience in person and face-to-face and there are no retakes. But, acting for movies or theatre both are tough and demand to learn the nuances of the roles to be portrayed and need a lot of rehearsals,” answers Ayushmann.
Pher Punjab di mitti vaare ki pasand hai saade Chandigarh de Gabru Nu?
I just love the food and the change in weather because you can’t experience this in Mumbai. I just love the winters back home and indulge in delicacies like Sarson ka saag and Makki ki Roti. Also Punjabis are full of life and yet so loving and warm,” smiles Ayushmann.
His latest song Ik Waari has lyrics form the movie Ashiqui so is it a tribute to the movie?
“Actually it was Bhushan Kumar’s idea because I don’t really go in for remixes and rehashes. He really liked the song Tu Meri Zindagi from the movie and it starts with Punjabi and runs into Hindi,” says Ayushmann.
Ki reality shows shortcut ne success and fame layi?
“Yes, they are for sure and the contestants need to realize that to survive in the show they need to work hard to stand apart from the platter and they need to be consistent. You have to be a package of talents.”
Ayushmann is born on 14th September, 1984 and his zodiac is Virgo and his hobbies are playing cricket, reading and playing guitar.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s father is the famous astrologer P. Khurrana, so does he personally believe in stars and astrology?
“I believe in karma and me and my father share Krishna and Arjun relationship where he is my guide and philosopher and a friend too,” quips Ayushmann.
From being a radio jockey to a VJ to host for TV shows to acting in movies and singing he has one more side that is writing. He has written a book Cracking the Code where he has penned down about his struggle in Mumbai. “It came too early but I feel it is a help book to those who don’t have godfathers in the Bollywood,” says Ayushmann.
Chandigarh kare Ashiqui is a song which holds good for Ayushmann’s love life. Ayushamnn who is married to Tahira Kashyap and has two kids Virushka and Virajveer says that Tahira has seen him grow and plays a great part in whatever he is now. She is an ideal life partner and lets him know his strengths and weaknesses. The school time lovers go way back in complementing in each other for relationship goals.
What does he love about Chandigarh?
“It is one of the best cities, well-planned and vibrant. It is a mixture of earthy and urban and I love to be back home for a short break when I can spend time with my family and meet my childhood buddies,” says Ayushmann.
One advice for the youth…
It is important to know yourself and one needs to be around people who guide you and also one should keep gauging oneself and keep improving side-by-side.
Last one for closing down, why not Punjabi movies?
“According to me an artist should be a blank canvas and should be open for every kind of art. Currently my hands are full in Bollywood and am more than satisfied but definitely if I come across a novel script for any regional cinema not only Punjabi I will go ahead,” justifies Ayushmann.
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