‘Every­body is tal­ented, it’s the choices that mat­ter now’

It’s his work ethic and script se­lec­tion that sep­a­rate him from the oth­ers, says ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana

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He is glad to be a part of an era when talent is be­ing recog­nised — a fact val­i­dated by his back-to-back hits in the year gone by. Ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana says his jour­ney in Bol­ly­wood in the last six years has been a great learn­ing curve in which he has gone from be­ing cau­tious to be­ing con­fi­dent about his movie choices.

Af­ter the suc­cess of Bad­haai Ho and And­haDhun, has Ayush­mann be­come too cau­tious with his film choices? “I have al­ways been cau­tious. Ini­tially I would do one film a year, but now I am do­ing at least two.”

But hold on — the ac­tor has a clar­i­fi­ca­tion to make here. “It is not called be­ing cau­tious, but I think it is more about be­ing true to your sen­si­bil­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to me, more than be­ing cau­tious, it has made me braver. There is a cer­tain self-be­lief, an af­fir­ma­tion that my choices and sen­si­bil­i­ties are work­ing. I would like to see that not as be­ing cau­tious but as con­fi­dence in my choices.”

Next up for the ac­tor are Dream Girl and Bala. With back-to-back hits, does he see him­self as tough com­pe­ti­tion for Bol­ly­wood’s A-lis­ters?

“These are the terms used by the me­dia and I re­ally don’t know. All you need to fo­cus on is your craft and how you act — and, of course, script se­lec­tion, which is a pri­mary rea­son for any­body’s suc­cess, be­cause in to­day’s day and age, ev­ery­one is tal­ented ir­re­spec­tive of field,” he says.

“It’s the age of talent and it will get recog­ni­tion. I am glad I was born in this era, but, at the same time, my suc­cess will to­tally de­pend on the choices I make. I am glad that my choices are work­ing and there is a cer­tain val­i­da­tion I have got in the past two years,” feels Ayush­mann.

The ac­tor first caught the au­di­ence’s at­ten­tion with a suc­cess­ful de­but in Vicky Donor (2012). He then went on to impress view­ers and crit­ics alike with his per­for­mances in Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) and Shubh Man­gal Savd­han (2017). On the other hand, he did see fail­ure with films such as Be­wakoofiyaan (2014), Hawaiza­ada (2015), and Meri Pyaari Bindu (2017). How­ever, the ride, de­spite the hic­cups, has been en­joy­able.

“(I had my) sacrifices in terms of per­sonal life, be­cause you hardly get time for your fam­ily. It has been a roller­coaster ride for me in the past six years be­cause I have seen ev­ery­thing — from a first su­per hit in Vicky Donor, ini­tial hic­cups af­ter my first hit, but it was a great learn­ing curve...you learn from your mis­takes. I think it’s a great jour­ney and it’s still go­ing on,” says the ac­tor.

Ini­tially I would do one film a year, but now I’m do­ing at least two. It is not called be­ing cau­tious, but more about be­ing true to your sen­si­bil­i­ties

AYUSH­MANN KHUR­RANA AC­TOR-SINGER

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

Ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana will be seen in Bala and Dream Girl this year

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