“Why do women ask if they look fat or thin?!”

Ayush­mann Khur­rana

Cosmopolitan (India) - - QUIZ - By Priyam Chaturvedi

From his very first movie, Vicky Donor, Ayush­mann Khur­rana proved that he’s here to stay... and do a good job of it. The ac­tor, a self-con­fessed “crooner, donor, com­poser, jog­ger and hog­ger”, talks to Cosmo about ru­mours, per­sonal style and his per­fect date.

COSMO: We know you’re a singer and com­poser. What made you choose act­ing as a ca­reer, then?

AYUSH­MANN KHUR­RANA: “I’ve al­ways said that I’m an ‘ac­tor who can also sing’, and not the other way round. Ever since I was in col­lege do­ing the­atre, I’ve wanted to be an ac­tor. Act­ing has al­ways been my first pas­sion. Expressions first found their way into my life, then my voice.”

C: What do you en­joy more?

AK: “Act­ing in beat and rhythm is what I en­joy most!”

C: What’s the best and worst part about your job?

AK: “The grat­i­fi­ca­tion that comes with be­ing an ac­tor is on a huge scale, so I think that’s the best part. But the flip side is that be­ing a star takes away your per­sonal life, on an equally big scale. So it’s a two-way road.”

C: What are you cur­rently work­ing on?

AK: “I’ve just wrapped up my first Yash Raj Films project, di­rected by Nupur Asthana and writ­ten by Habib Faisal. I’m now go­ing to shoot for Hu­mara Ba­jaj, which is di­rected by Shoo­jit Sir­car.”

C: What is the genre of movies you en­joy work­ing on most?

AK: “I like work­ing on movies that are re­lat­able and en­ter­tain­ing in a sen­si­ble and cre­ative way. I imagine my­self in the shoes of the au­di­ence and ask if I’d en­joy this movie in a the­atre af­ter pay­ing for the ticket.” C: Your favourite movies... AK: “I have a huge list of movies I love— Eter­nal Sun­shine Of A Spot­less Mind, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikan­der, Dil­wale Dul­haniya Le Jayenge, to name a few. I also en­joy watch­ing world cinema.”

C: What is your big­gest turn on and turn off?

AK: “The beauty and in­tel­li­gence of a per­son, com­bined with hu­mil­ity, turns me on. The big­gest turn off would be a per­son’s re­lent­less am­bi­tion to be fa­mous.”

C: What do you like do­ing when you’re not work­ing?

AK: “I like work­ing on my mu­sic and read­ing non-fic­tion books. Most peo­ple don’t know this about me, but I also like writ­ing po­etry in Hindi.”

C: What’s the one thing you don’t get about women?

AK: “Why do they need to ask if they’re thin when they’re clearly not,

and worse, even when they’re ac­tu­ally skinny? It’s just be­yond me!”

C: How does your wife deal with all the at­ten­tion you get from other women?

AK: “It makes her happy...that she de­cided to be with me!”

C: What’s your per­sonal style like?

AK: “Com­fort­able, yet in sync with the times. I be­lieve style is a state of mind. If I’m feel­ing a bit in­tro­vert-ish on one day, I’ll go with blue jeans and a white tee, and if I feel like an ex­tro­vert the next day, I’ll go all-out and wear some­thing wacky.”

C: How do you deal with all the ru­mours that come your way?

AK: “I’ve al­ways be­lieved that ru­mours are meant to be just ru­mours and are not meant to be taken se­ri­ously.”

C: How do you pre­pare your­self for a role, and is it dif­fi­cult cut­ting off, once it’s over?

AK: “Act­ing is just a part of my life, it’s not my en­tire life. Once the di­rec­tor says ‘pack up’, I’m back to be­ing who I re­ally am.”

C: What is the one thing guys al­ways lie about?

AK: “Check­ing out other women.”

C: De­scribe your per­fect date.

AK: “Good mu­sic, good con­ver­sa­tion, and good food. In that or­der.”

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