HT City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

Ac­tor Ayushmann Khur­rana be­lieves in do­ing no-non­sense roles and maybe that’s why, he has man­aged to garner both com­mer­cial suc­cess and crit­i­cal ac­claim for most of his films. How­ever, the ac­tor ad­mits, with the in­creas­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the film in­dus­try, one can ei­ther top the num­ber game at the box of­fice or man­age to im­press fans with great con­tent.

“For any film, ei­ther you make money or get good re­views. It’s im­por­tant to have at least one of th­ese things. And if you get both, there’s noth­ing like it,” says Ayushmann. Like all ac­tors, the 33-year-old vies for both. “The pri­mary ob­jec­tive of an ac­tor is to con­trol his own craft. The way you act on screen and bring the char­ac­ter alive is in your hands. The rest — whether the au­di­ence and the crit­ics are go­ing to like it or not — you can’t pre­dict,” he says.

In the re­cent past, some of the big bud­get films have tanked at the box of­fice, while small heart­land sto­ries have been lauded. To this, the ac­tor feels his ca­reer graph has been quite safe that way. “I do films that fall un­der the small to medium bud­get cat­e­gory. So, even if they don’t fare well at the box of­fice, it’s not heavy on the pro­duc­ers.”

Ayushmann, who has done films such as Vicky Donor (2012), Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) and Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han, feels that he at­tracts such kind of films. “It’s good fun shoot­ing a film, which is fairly off cen­tre, rel­e­vant to the masses. I come from that the­atre school back­ground and I’ve trav­elled across with my the­atre group, nar­rat­ing such sto­ries. We’ve been to smaller cities, in­ter­acted with the na­tives of the re­gion and spread a so­cial mes­sage. It’s nat­u­ral for me to con­nect with peo­ple. It’s fun for me to play such char­ac­ters and I would con­tinue to do such quirky stuff. That’s what in­ter­ests me,” says the ac­tor.

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