Q A Talk­ing Shop

Ayush­mann Khur­rana, ac­tor, on ca­reers, act­ing and movies

India Today - - LEISURE - —with Suhani Singh

Q: If you weren’t act­ing, what would you have been do­ing?

A: I have al­ready dab­bled in so many roles. I am writ­ing col­umns now. I started out as a ra­dio pre­sen­ter, then be­came a theatre ac­tor, a tele­vi­sion an­chor and a mu­si­cian. Now I am an ac­tor. I don’t know what else to do now.

Q: Best movie of all time?

A: Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikan­dar. I wanted to study at a board­ing school be­cause of that film. I al­ways thought I’d have a girl­friend like De­vika and then find and end up with an An­jali.

Q: What’s are the best and worst parts about act­ing?

A: The best is that you can play and be your al­ter ego. The worst is that you have to press your emo­tional but­tons a bit too of­ten—cry­ing and laugh­ing on cue. It messes you up.

Q: A role that changed your life?

A: In Dum Laga Ke Haisha, my char­ac­ter had a typ­i­cal male ego. Be­fore the in­ter­val, there is a scene when the wife slaps me, and it was my de­ci­sion to slap her back be­cause I was think­ing like a small-town, ego­is­tic guy. It wasn’t me on screen. I be­came less ego­is­tic af­ter do­ing that film.

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