There is something about Ayushmaan Khurana that makes him an unlikely candidate for a stereotypical Bollywood hero. He doesn’t walk around with a huge entourage, there is a sense of ease around him that is rare in the industry. ‘Hectic’ is how he describes his state of mind when I sit with him to chat up on his upcoming release ‘Dream Girl’. The topic of being a father and missing his two kids Varushka and Virajveer gets to him. “I miss them yaar”, there is a sense of heartache when he says this and you can’t sense but wonder that besides being tagged as a versatile talent , Ayushmann is also a hands on father. Being there for his kids is a priority but when you are in the midst of promotions that naturally takes a backseat.
This looks like something Ayushmann would do, I heard that recently during a conversation on films. You have managed to create a niche and brand for your slice of life stories, did this come naturally or was it a struggle getting here….
Usually, I used to take a lot of advice from people because I wasn’t confident about my.. I don’t know what my gut maybe that time. My first film happened and after that I wasn’t getting any film or any script of that benchmark. I was following the conventions, asking advice from people, following the rule book. After three unsuccessful films I thought I just need to change this rule book and I started following my intuition and my gut because that’s what I used to do in my theatre days. I used to make plays which were edgy, quirky, socially relevant and taboo breaking with humour. And my films are exactly like that. They are exactly our street plays. We were a bunch of 10 maverick boys and we used to just make plays, street theatre and genuinely traditionally street theatre was very mundane, dark, informative and we realised that street theatre does not have a ready audience. So you call audience and then start performing. Then you realised they were not interested in seeing something dark because one, they are not ready audience and second, they were not interested in something which is dark right. So I started following my heart and that’s how it happened.
Being an actor is a full time job, but I hear you are a hands on dad…
Hardly. I try to be but I hardly get time.I am missing the young days of my kids right now because I am travelling most of the time, living out of a suitcase, shooting four films back to back. They miss me and I miss them immensely.