It's Not Easy to Find Your Feet As Outsider in Bollywood, Says Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann Khurrana says doing the unconventional thing is least risky right now.
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Ayushmann Khurrana says it is not easy for an outsider to find a place in Bollywood. The actor is glad that he got the right kind of support from filmmakers and has acknowledged that it pushes him to "deliver every single time".
"It is not easy to be an outsider and find your feet in Bollywood. I feel that as an actor, I have been truly blessed that all my directors believed in me and trusted me with their films," Ayushmann told IANS.
"I find their love and belief truly humbling and it pushes me to deliver every single time I face the camera. Secondly, it is the right kind of scripts that you choose, I've always believed that content is the king. There is a certain self belief, an affirmation that my choices are working," he said.
"Most of my films, right from Vicky Donor to Badhaai Ho or my upcoming movies Article 15, Dream Girl and Bala, have different subject lines and have unique concepts attached to them," he added.
After his stint as a VJ on the small screen, Ayushmann entered films in the role of a sperm donor in 2012 with Vicky Donor. He then faced failure through a string of flops like Nautanki Saala!, Hawaizaada and Bewakoofiyaan. But he eventually returned in the game by balancing both commercial success and critical acclaim through films like Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Badhaai Ho and AndhaDhun.
Ayushmann says he started his career as a risk-taker—and that has been his USP. "Being an outsider, the first film was most important and the film confirmed by belief that novel subjects will always work. Seven years later, I reiterate that content which is different will still have more takers than the conventional stuff.
"With four back-to-back hits as an artiste, it feels great that your choices are validated and you are acknowledged for your persistence and uniqueness."
But that comes with a different kind of responsibility. "And pressure for box office numbers... I think it's not going to be easy but I'll keep it simple and keep choosing great content."
The actor, who has wowed the audience with his singing skills as well, feels it is time to ditch the conventional route to entertain the audience. "Doing the unconventional thing is least risky now. Conventional has become riskier in this day and age. You have to do something different so that people buy movie tickets and come to cinema halls. The audience has changed,” he added.
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