Aayush Sharma: I will refrain from kissing on-screen!
Aayush Sharma is marking his debut with LOVEYATRI and one can’t get over the songs and the excitement that the film is creating. Aayush who has two feet in dancing and still he managed to pull that off with ease and is garnering praise for his dance numbers. As there are just few days left for LOVEYATRI the makers are leaving no stone unturned to promote the film.
In conversation with Aayush as he speaks about how did he bag the film and what preparations went on before he said a final yes to the film and one of the biggest revelation that he did was if he would ever kiss on-screen.
How did you bag LOVEYATRI?
I never thought of being an actor, I never considered acting profession seriously as it is I didn’t had any roots to it. I remember that I was doing my weight training at my gym when Sohail Khan came to me and said that he has a film to offer to me. This is five years back; he wanted me to play the lead in the film he was talking about. Soon I met Salman Bhai and then he also suggested me to be an actor. That’s when I thought of being an actor as it is he himself is suggesting me which means there is some sort of caliber he observed in me. I always loved to watch movies, but it’s when Salman Bhai told me that I can be an actor, I started taking is as a career option. The turning point was during BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN. I was an assistant at that time, to learn all the chops. He asked me to be on set regularly, he wanted me to observe the process of filmmaking. Obviously what goes on-camera is primarily important but what goes on off-camera is equally relevant to understand the filmmaking process. I wanted to act on-camera, I wanted to dance my heart out, and that’s when my training process begins. Prior to which, I wanted to open up a restaurant to earn my daily bread.
You come from a non-filmi background, how did your family react when you said you want to be an actor?
My dad was extremely happy. I was never interested in theater, dancing etc. So for him the wonder was that we belong from a political background. The only stress which they had been me being an introvert is planning to choose a career which is right opposite of it. But eventually I convinced them that let me give it a try. Now when they watch me in the trailers and songs, they’re absolutely mesmerized by the new aura of me. They still wonder that I can shake my booty so well! So now they’re very supportive, they’re proud of me.
After meeting Sohail Khan what made you take up 5 years to sign LOVEYATRI?
It all happened as I just completed my graduation and I was trying to figure out what will I be doing, There’s when I met Sohail Bhai and after 2 years of that I met Salman Bhai through Arpita. So during those 2 years of span, I was planning to open a restaurant. Initially people used to say that I’m a businessman, actually I was an aspiring businessman.
There are mixed response of the trailer on social media some are extremely while some are negative how do you react to troll?
I genuinely feel that I’m lucky! There are several people out there who are absolutely talented but still fail to get a proper platform. I’m lucky to get a platform through Salman Bhai. Having said that Salman Bhai can put me on-camera. From there it’s the relationship between me and the audience. If they like to watch me, purely on the basis of my talent than I shall lead to a great career, else I’ll face a downfall. History has witnessed that there are several unfortunates who belong from the huge filmy background but failed miserably to create their image and on the same note, there are people who are known as self-made superstars. And I’m ready to take up all the challenges which will come on my way. I’m the type of person who can’t take no as an answer. I can’t take rejections; I shall rather search for the positive side of it. Having said that, there are several people who have asked me that making a debut under such a huge banner brings up pressure and I always say that it’s a blessing to have the back support of such a huge name and that’s the reason the film is into the talks. Else how difficult is it for a debut actor and director to create the buzz.
Were you offered films before LOVEYATRI?
There was couple of films which were offered to me prior to LOVEYATRI, some from different production houses and some from SKF. But there was certain kind of doubt which I had in my mind with those scripts. No doubt every film has its own destiny and no actor, director or producer can predict the success rate of a particular film. But I wanted to satisfy myself; I wished to take off from the film I’m confident about. And when I heard the narration of LOVEYATRI, so the initial instinct which I experienced was that the plot is beautiful. The script is engaging and that’s exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t have imagined any better debut than that of LOVEYATRI. It’s my first film, besides that I’ve eight songs in the film, best choreographers, best costume designers, best plot and Salman Khan’s name; I couldn’t have asked anything better!
Salman Khan is introducing you, he’s like a mentor to you isn’t he?
I’ve been on his wings for sure. And the only thing which he keeps telling me is that I should learn from his mistakes. He also says that it’s my choice post LOVEYATRI. If I want to discuss the films I’m planning to do he’ll always welcome me, even if I go ahead with my own choice, he appreciates both the ways. And I’ll always need him, I’ll always need his support, his opinions, the knowledge and experience which he possess is incredible, I’m too new to discover my own paths and I shall seek for his views on everything related to my acting profession.
Salman Khan doesn’t kiss on-screen so do you even have some criteria?
I don’t think that there is a need of any kissing scene in a film. I’m a very shy a person and I’ll refrain from such scenes as for now.