He does not come from the Kapoor or Khan or Bachchan lineage, he has no Godfather guiding and fetching him good scripts, all he has is tons of conviction and loads of talent. We are talking about the Chandigarh boy Ayushmann Khurrana. The actor who redefined the concept of a Bollywood hero right from his first film.
Most male characters in Bollywood are portrayed as stoic and hard-hearted. Men who don’t talk the sensitive talk. But Ayushmann’s boy-next-door characters always seem to take the bitter pills that are taboo topics and wrap them in the coating of candy that is a relatable male character, making it an entertaining ride for Indian audiences.
Certain characters stick with audiences because of their unique nature and unlikely personality – and that’s exactly what Ayushmann Khurrana is giving us – different characters than what we are used to getting from Bollywood. All his roles so far, from Vicky (Vicky Donor) to Mudit (Shubh Mangal Savdhan), have been different from the usual Bollywood hero. He is not the typical ‘macho’ guy. His characters are relatable, there is no fantasy, everything about them is real. And this boy sings!
The best part is that although his movies touch upon real time issues, but none of them is preachy. While most of his contemporaries are busy with typical masala movies, Ayushmann Khurrana never shies away from experimenting. The choice of his movies clearly reflect that he never followed anybody. Style, personality, image, dialogue delivery- he created everything of his own.
The Poster Boy of Unconventional Movies
When you watch Chirag Dubey in Bareilly Ki Barfi or Abhimanyu Roy in Meri Pyari Bindu, you feel happy to see a character who is not just a ‘HERO’ fighting with goons, saving his lady love, jumping off cliffs and doing what not. Instead you see characters who love like you do, who have flaws like you have and whose problems are just like your own.
The interesting about about Ayushmann Khurrana’s choice of movies is that he picks quirky subjects that show a mirror to the society. Dum Laga ke Haisha delivered a hard-hitting message against body shaming in the most entertaining way. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan was another masterstroke that highlighted a common sexual disorder in men with a quirky story, exceptional performances and brilliant dialogues.
The trailer of his latest movie Badhaai Ho just dropped in and is getting rave reviews. Touted to be a slice-of-life comedy, the movie traces the unconventional story of a woman who gets pregnant at an older age and this surprises everyone within the family and the society.
Few days back, the trailer of AndhaDhun was released. Directed by Sriram Raghavan, the movie is a black comedy featuring Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte where an adorable love story, turns into a murder mystery. Seems like Ayushmann is not going to stop experimenting anytime soon and honestly, we don’t want him to do that.
Here’s to many more memorable performances from this stellar actor who is truly an inspiration for millions. Ayushmann Bhava!