‘I can’t do with­out mu­sic’

Ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana is ready­ing him­self to per­form an un­plugged set near Jodh­pur

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Lead­ing a mu­sic band along with act­ing in the main­stream Bollywood films was un­heard of till ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana setup his band Ayush­mann Bhava, about two years back. And even in a packed sched­ule, the ac­tor has man­aged to strike a per­fect bal­ance be­tween the two.

“If you have pas­sion for any­thing, you don’t need to take out time for it. You au­to­mat­i­cally get time for it. It’s a de­fault set­ting. It’s like love. Mu­sic is my love. I can’t do with­out it. Also, it gives me a break from act­ing,” says Ayush­mann, who is bask­ing in the glory of his re­cent films — Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han.

Ef­fort­lessly dab­bling be­tween his back-to-back films, Ayush­mann says he is now pre­par­ing an un­plugged set, for the Mahin­dra Open Sky fes­ti­val — sched­uled for Novem­ber 24-26 near Jodh­pur.

“We will be per­form­ing in the desert, and to add that feel­ing of root­ed­ness to the per­for­mance, a flutist is join­ing my band. I’m mix­ing my lat­est hit Nazm Nazm from Bareilly Ki Barfi with Yel­low by Cold­play and Kanha, the semi­clas­si­cal num­ber from Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han that will be pre­sented in an al­ter­na­tive rock form,” says the ac­tor.

In be­tween the ex­cited talk of mu­sic, ask about plans for his birth­day on Septem­ber 14, and the fa­ther of two, replies smil­ingly, “Life has been quite a roller coaster with two back to back films, so I want to take it easy.” And who sings the birth­day song for him? “My kids would love to sing happy birth­day song for me!”

Child­hood mem­o­ries strike him, and he adds, “Dur­ing my child­hood, birth­days were more about fam­ily din­ners. I used to call my school friends to a pop­u­lar joint in Chandi­garh called Hot Mil­lions in Sec­tor 17.”

PHOTO: MANOJ VERMA/HT

Ayush­mann Khur­rana will per­form with his band, Ayush­mann Bhava

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