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