Ayushmann Khurrana: I’ve rejected films which eventually got great response

Ayushmann Khurrana is on cloud nine, as his last film AANDHADHUN has crated waves at the box office, people are going gaga over it. After the success of AADHADHUN came in BADHAAI HO which is again creating loads of buzz and the word of mouth publicity is doing good for the film, with an altogether new concept of mother’s pregnancy the film has opened doors for new scripts.

Ayushmann is happy with the response of both his films and he would want to take a short break before he resumes shooting.

Excerpts from the interview!

How is the journey from ANDHADHUN to BADHAAI HO been?

I’m glad that ANDHADHUN is getting such a positive response. First of all I’d like to thank all of you for your support and love to the film. I am glad that it’s liked and I am just waiting for Diwali so that I can take a break and spend time with my family.

With films like SHUBH MANGAL SAVDHAN, VICKY DONOR and now BADHAI HO you have created a new genre what makes you say yes to such role?A
I was offered the film and its one liner impressed me. I was anticipated to hear the narration of the film. When I heard the narration I was blown away. As soon as the narration got over, I signed the film. It has happened for the second time that I had said yes to a film so instantly, earlier it happened with DUM LAGA KE HAISHA.

How much time did you take to say yes for AADHADHUN?
It’s an interesting fact. I myself approached Sriram Raghavan saying that I want to work with him on a film like ANDHADHUN. He said that I’m nowhere in his radar as he has never seen me doing a thriller film or playing such a dark character. I requested him to audition me and then decide. The next day I auditioned for the film in which I was given few scenes from the film to perform. Sriram Raghavan was impressed by my audition and he asked for the dates and the film happened. At times, actors have to keep their ego aside and should ask for the film. I don’t mind asking for a script from a director as I give preference to the script. I still have some hidden portions in me which hasn’t been revealed to anyone and I’m ready to audition to showcase such talent. Actors usually are self-obsessed with their characters but for me it’s the script which holds back the actual value. After my first film VICKY DONOR, I suffered a downfall as three of my films happened to be a disaster on box-office. And then I realized that all three of them surrounded me. There was no support cast. Now, for me the character runtime doesn’t matter, there should be a good script and a good support cast.

Have you come across any real life story wherein the parent is expecting a kid like in BADHAHI HO?
No I haven’t come across but yes after the trailer I have seen so many on social media doing so. And I am sure post the film more and more people will be open about it and it’s a family film, people will enjoy it.

Are you sure BADHAAI HO will give the same success to you as ANDHANDHUN?
I don’t know about the expectations but yes the success of ANDHADHUN has created a positive atmosphere around me. I never keep expectations from the film I sign. I only keep one thing in focus that this is my film and I’ve to give away my heart and soul to it.

Has failing of scripts changed the way you sign a film?
I take the films as a project; I never get depressed with my failures. I believe that it’s the failures who teach you the value of success. And earlier I committed few mistakes while choosing the film, but now my focus is crystal clear. I’m giving priority to the script and not to my character. And I’d never worked with A listed directors. Before VICKY DONOR, even Shoojit Sircar was new. And it’s not that A listed directors don’t approach me, in fact I’ve rejected several films offered which eventually got great response. I have been selective with my scripts right from my first film. Before VICKY DONOR I’d rejected five films in a row. I had been secured right from beginning. I was financially well off, I was doing television so I decided to go slow but go high. I’m fortunate enough that I’m getting the scripts I’m looking forward at.

What next for you?
No plans of doing anything on digital front as of now. I don’t mind hosting a show on television. I’d be announcing two films in the following month. I’d love to do Kishore Kumar’s biopic though. I’m a huge fan of Kishore Kumar right from the beginning.