Ayushmann Khurrana proved his mettle as an actor in films like Barielly Ki Barfi, Badhaai Ho, Dream Girl, Bala and more. He has successfully earned the title of being the King of Content in Bollywood. The actor’s latest release Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhaan directed by Hitesh Kewalya, is a lovestory between two men. The movie has hit the theatres today and a couple of days before the release, we caught up with an actor for a candid chat. Read on…
What was your reaction when you were offered the script of Shubh Mangal zyada Saavdhaan?
I was actively looking for this script. I was looking for a script which dealt with sexuality in a commercial way. I was in touch with Hitesh Kevalya (director of the movie) ki wo kya likh raha hai. And I am really glad that he told me about this subject. So my reaction after hearing the script was amazing. This film was hard chore commercial popcorn entertainment film. And we required a film like that.
Did you rethink about the subject?
Not at all. I thought we should do this film. I was shooting for Dream Girl, I saw this gay couple kissing in the parking lot of a mall. So I thought this is the right time to make a film on this. And Shubh Mangal…. is a first step that they should be induced to be receptive.
What was your perception about gay people before coming to the film industry?
I was borderline homophobic when I was in college. But I have seen this transformation in me, from somebody who is little averse to homosexuality and somebody who is now a flag bearer of LGBT community in Bollywood. I am proud of this film. So I have seen that change in me. I am expecting the same change in lot of people in India who are against of homosexuality.
How was it playing a gay man onscreen?
I think as an actor you should be ready for anything. It’s like playing just an another character. And that’s my perception and I want to have that perception should be with everybody. They are like normal human beings. Lot of people says that they are not normal or it’s not natural to be a homosexual. That needs to be change.
Do you have gay friends?
Yes I have gave friends. I know their stories and their struggle. I was reading a book lie with me by Phillippe Besson based on two gay lovers.
How do you reinvent yourself with each character every time?
You don’t have to reinvent yourself with these character. I feel ki kis jagah aap shoot kar rahe ho wahan ki language aani chahiye aur empathy hone chahiye towards the character. I would love to give different stories every single time.
Do you feel pressure to do better each time?
Not pressure I would say it courage to choose script which are more risky, which are more radical in aging. This success has given me courage more than anything else.
There are offbeat actors like Rajkumar Rao and Vicky Kaushal. How do you view them?
I think vicky Kaushal is a commercial actor. Both are great actors because he gave a commentary super hit film Uri. And it’s good to have such a contemporaries who inspire you.
So you have found your place in the industry?
It’s very important to have that space. There is no dirth of great actors in our country. There is only dirth of actors who have vision and also how different they could be from others.
And what next?
There is no dirth of subjects as well. I also have lots of idea but I don’t want to tell varna koi aur film bana lega (laughs).
Last year has been a rocking year for you. Now what’s your personal goal for this year?
Personal goal is to do a genre breaking film for myself. I want to do an action film. I would love to do and I am dying to do a Rohit Shetty film.
And anything you don’t want to do?
Anything which is regressive I don’t want to do. I want to be part of the progressive Indian cinema. I don’t want to do which is done and jaded.