‘In the di­rec­tor-pro­ducer mix, one per­son has to be solid’

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In just five years, ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana has worked with sev­eral di­rec­tors with very dif­fer­ent styles. Shoo­jit Sir­car launched him in Vicky Donor (2012), and then he worked with Ro­han Sippy in Nau­tanki Saala (2013) and Sharat Katariya in Dum Laga Ke Haisha (DLKH, 2015). This has given him a unique per­spec­tive of how Bol­ly­wood works.

Now await­ing the re­lease of Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han, the ac­tor says that he is glad he gets to “work with dif­fer­ent kinds of di­rec­tors”. What works best for him — an es­tab­lished di­rec­tor or a new one? “I think there has to be a nice com­bi­na­tion. If it’s a first-time di­rec­tor, the pro­ducer has to be solid,” he says. “One of the per­sons in the mix should be more ex­pe­ri­enced. If a di­rec­tor is solid, you can work with a first-time pro­ducer.” As an ex­am­ple, he men­tions that Katariya was a rel­a­tively un­known di­rec­tor who de­liv­ered an ac­claimed film like DLKH, and that worked be­cause the film had very ex­pe­ri­enced pro­duc­ers in Aditya Cho­pra and Ma­neesh Sharma.

As for his di­rec­tors, he thinks of Sir­car as “a one- or two-take di­rec­tor”. He adds, “Shoo­jitda says that an ac­tor’s nat­u­ral in­stinct goes for a toss if they over-re­hearse a scene, so he is very in­stinc­tive.”

On the other hand, Katariya loves to im­pro­vise on the sets, says Ayush­mann, adding, “He’ll do the whole com­po­si­tion [of a scene] along with them and start from scratch. He gives a lot of space to his ac­tors.”

Then Ak­shay Roy, with whom he worked on Meri Pyaari Bindu, has “more ur­ban sen­si­bil­i­ties”. Roy, he says, plays on the com­mon­al­ity that ex­ists be­tween an ac­tor and a

di­rec­tor.

PHOTO: VIDYA SUBRA­MA­NIAN/HT

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