Ayushmann Khurrana: A Decade As Bollywood’s Leading Risk-Taker

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April 20, 2022 marks exactly a decade since Ayushmann Khurrana, Bollywood’s biggest and most successful thematic risk-taker, made his debut in the film industry. Ten years ago today (April 20, 2012), Khurrana made his debut with ‘Vicky Donor’, in which he played a sperm donor. From there, he made it a point to play various characters, and each of them was a box office success. These include playing a man with erectile dysfunction in “Shubh Mangal Savdhan” (2017); a person with alopecia in “Bala” (2019); a proud and proud homosexual in “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” (2020) and a macho gym instructor who finds out his fiancée was male and underwent gender reassignment surgery in “Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui” (2021). While these roles obviously go against traditional Bollywood macho stereotypes, Khurrana’s other role choices have also been unusual by traditional industry standards. These include playing a blind or blind pianist in “Andhadhun” (2018); a city cop uncovering the harsh realities of the caste system in rural India in “Article 15” (2019); and a man many fall in love with for the compelling female voice in “Dream Girl” (2019). “The biggest challenge was after the first movie because, frankly, I don’t think Bollywood knew what to do with me,” Khurrana told Variety. “I was an unconventional actor who made an unconventional choice, which turned out pretty well. I didn’t have good choices after my first movie, because the first was such a benchmark. The actor says that he just wasn’t getting the right scripts after ‘Vicky Donor’ and had to choose from what was on offer. He says that “the next movies didn’t do well,” and he had a ” lifeline” with “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” (2015), where he plays a video tape store owner in the 1990s who must come to terms with the fact that the weight of his arranged marriage exceeds his heroine standards of Bollywood. Since then, Khurrana has gotten scripts to his liking, with the screenwriters finding an open ear and ready for the unconventional. “The screenwriters used to play it safe back then, they always knew that a hero wanted to look like a hero – he didn’t want to look flawed. He wants to follow the c popular belief,” Khurrana said. “I was the one who challenged the popular belief. And that worked well with the masses too. So they got braver with the writing and the concepts, and they also challenged themselves. They became slightly off-center and probably triggered a few quirks. It really helped and I’m glad they did. I was really excited about doing something, which is groundbreaking and groundbreaking, and made me given something new to say.Khurrana has just completed a program of his latest film ‘An Action Hero’ in the UK, filming across the Isle of Wight, Hastings and London. This is Khurrana’s first time, whose films are mostly set in the heart of India, is filming outside the country. “It’s a genre break for me – it’s my first time doing an action film. I’m playing a superstar in the film who is an action hero and finds himself in a real situation and can’t fight letter. So that’s the dichotomy in the film. It’s ironic and crazy at the same time,” Khurrana said. The actor didn’t really think about seeking Western representation, he says. His “main genre”, as he describes it, are films set in the heart of India, aimed at Hindi-speaking audiences, telling their stories, providing a platform for the flawed hero, an ordinary man who is not perfect but aspires to be. Up next for Khurrana, political thriller “Anek” and social drama “Doctor G.” “It’s a great trip, which has been very fruitful. I’m evolving and still learning,” Khurrana said. “I’m still a work in progress.” optional screen reader Learn more about:

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