Friends keep him grounded

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shalvi Man­gaokar shalvi. man­gaokar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Apart from be­ing an ac­tor, Ayush­mann Khur­rana is also a suc­cess­ful mu­si­cian. And now, he’s all set to launch his next sin­gle. The video for the sin­gle has been con­cep­tu­alised by his wife Tahira. “We plan to launch it around Di­wali,” says Ayush­mann, while also dis­cussing his first love — cin­ema. In a Fri­day-to-Fri­day in­dus­try, it must be hard to keep your san­ity in­tact. Main­tain­ing your san­ity means de­tach­ing your­self with your pro­fes­sion. It’s im­por­tant to stay de­tached. You need to be friends with peo­ple who are not from the in­dus­try. You can get a re­al­ity check only when you are with real peo­ple in the real world. It gives you ob­jec­tiv­ity in life. Your fans ex­pect a lot from you. It must be a tough spot to be in. I think it’s a very tricky sit­u­a­tion to be in. I feel re­spon­si­ble for my choices now. Of course, with Dum Laga Ke Haisha, I firmly be­lieve that I’ve made a mark as an ac­tor. It’s a vul­ner­a­ble sit­u­a­tion for sure, but it’s re­ally good space as well.

Where do you find the time for mu­sic? I keep do­ing my gigs. Last month, I was per­form­ing at a col­lege and now I’m go­ing to Dubai. For the past three years, I’ve been cut­ting sin­gles ev­ery year. When I do events, peo­ple don’t just call me for rib­bon-cut­ting and host­ing, they also call me for my mu­sic. But then, I’m an ac­tor first and then a mu­si­cian.

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