Ayush­mann Khur­rana’s ‘slightly rad­i­cal, re­li­gious or po­lit­i­cal’ cou­plets will find their way into a pos­si­ble book of shayari

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Prashant Singh ■ [email protected]

Tumhari aankhon ki zubaan Urdu hee hai shayad, padhne mein mu­jhe dikkat hai/aur bayaan na karna tumhaari fi­trat hai

If you think this sher is by a noted sha­yar, don’t blame your­self for be­ing wrong — these lines have been penned by ac­tor-singer Ayush­mann Khur­rana. By now, he has proved his act­ing as well as singing cre­den­tials be­yond doubt but for some time now, the Bad­haai Ho (2018) ac­tor has been con­stantly putting out his shayari on his so­cial me­dia han­dles.

“Hon­estly, I never thought I would ex­pose this side of my­self on so­cial me­dia but I just hap­pened to put out one shayari last year or maybe, a year-and-a-half. Till that time, I never thought there will be tak­ers for this kind of stuff. I al­ways thought mil­len­ni­als are go­ing west­ward, and they prob­a­bly won’t un­der­stand ver­nac­u­lar po­etry. But the kind of trac­tion I get on Twit­ter, In­sta­gram or Face­book is amaz­ing as I get thou­sands of likes and RTS. It’s un­be­liev­able and has only en­cour­aged me as a ‘poet.’ Now, in hind­sight, I think I un­der­es­ti­mated the mil­len­ni­als (laughs),” says Ayush­mann.

But un­like the per­cep­tion sur­round­ing poets/writ­ers, Ayush­mann says he doesn’t need to be in a soli­tary space to for those thoughts to come to him. “I come up with my cou­plets in an im­promptu man­ner. Right now, I don’t even have the mindspace to sit and de­vote cer­tain amount of time to write shayari. I come up with them nat­u­rally and the in­spi­ra­tion can be any­thing in­clud­ing my past ex­pe­ri­ences. And not many would be­lieve that I can come up with them lit­er­ally any­where — dur­ing shots, while playing cricket on sets or even while trav­el­ling on a flight. It could be any time of the day and I feel that’s the beauty of it, ki just apne aap aa jaatein hain,” he says.

How­ever, the big ques­tion: Is he think­ing of com­ing up with a book of his po­ems? “Yes, kabhi na kabhi toh karunga,” he says, smil­ing. “In fact, I have saved some of my shayari for the book. But some­times, I do feel like putting them out on so­cial me­dia. I am very clear that this isn’t my core pro­fes­sion. So, I don’t look to earn any­thing from it. If I am get­ting love from peo­ple for the same, that’s about it, be­cause my main job is to act, and I also do a lot of singing,” he adds.

Writ­ing shayari is “more of a pas­sion” and Ayush­mann is in no hurry to be­come a pub­lished poet. “Book jab niklegi tab dekh lenge. And like I said, I am sav­ing some of my cou­plets, which are slightly rad­i­cal, re­li­gious or po­lit­i­cal in na­ture, from so­cial me­dia. I know I can’t af­ford to put them there. I have cer­tain view­points that come out in cer­tain sha­yaris. Woh kabhi zindagi mein baad mein kaam aayega,” he says.

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