‘I LIVED IL­LE­GALLY, SLEPT IN MY CAR’

Ayush­mann is proud of where he has come so far, and has fond mem­o­ries of his strug­gle

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While he has now made a place for him­self in Bol­ly­wood, ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana says that his jour­ney in the film industry has been a chal­leng­ing yet proud strug­gle.

The ac­tor, who started out by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a stunt-based re­al­ity show on the small screen, says that he never looked at his start­ing days as a strug­gle and took every­thing in his stride. “It is all so sur­real to­day. I re­mem­ber when I came to Mum­bai, I would barely sleep as I was do­ing a ra­dio show and when I did it would of­ten be in my car. In fact, at the time I did not know any­one and I was even stay­ing il­le­gally at my friend’s hos­tel,” says Ayush­mann, who rose to fame with his Bol­ly­wood de­but Vicky Donor ( 2012).

How­ever, the ac­tor only has good mem­o­ries of his days of strug­gle. “I know that I have come a long way and I also know that I have a long way to go. But the jour­ney has been very en­dear­ing, it barely feels like a strug­gle,” he says.

While his con­tem­po­raries have many hit films to their name, Ayush­mann, who’s just five-films-old, says he’s not both­ered by com­pe­ti­tion. “The industry is open to ev­ery­one now and had it not been so, I would not have been here. There are many peo­ple in the industry to­day and I am here be­cause of this trend. It’s a great time for ev­ery­one to be in Bol­ly­wood,” he says.

Even though he’s been in the industry for some time, Ayush­mann says that he still takes some time to get un­der the skin of the char­ac­ter. “I take at least a day or two to warm up to a new char­ac­ter when I start shoot­ing for a film. The first shot is al­ways nerve- wrack­ing for me. And the re­lease of a film is like tak­ing the Class 10 board ex­ams,” says the ac­tor. Ayush­mann will be seen along­side ac­tor Bhumi Ped­nekar for the sec­ond time in his up­com­ing film, which will be di­rected by Aanand L Rai of Tanu Weds Manu fame.

I know I’ve come a long way and I also know that I have a long way to go. But the jour­ney has been very en­dear­ing

Ayush­mann Khur­rana, ac­tor

PHOTO: JAY SA­MUEL

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