News|April 5, 2012 10:03 am

Film is serious business: Ayushmann Khurrana

Radio jockey, theatre actor, reality show star, anchor Ayushmann Khurrana who’s making his Bollywood debut after a four year TV stint feels that he has “been very patient” so far.

Talking about his shift to the silver screen, Ayushmann confesses,

You can fool around on TV, do mimicry, but with films, one has to be very careful. It is serious business. I don’t have a godfather in the film industry nor am I a star kid. So the subject of the movie was very important for me. I feel my debut movie ( Vicky Donor), can be a potential national award winner.

For someone who has always been himself when he presented TV shows, what was it like enacting a part in a film? Ayushmann avers,

A performer can perform anywhere. I’ve always been happy as an anchor. If you look at the number of anchors in this country, you might get four. But there are so many actor. I was secure in my position and not desperate to do films.

Ayushmann feels he is still learning to wear the thinking hat of an actor. So far, I have been the one asking questions. Now I am answering them. While not a lot of television stars have had a commercially viable presence in Bollywood, Ayushmann is unfazed,

The good part is that I have not been typecast in any slot. I haven’t done any saas-bahu dramas. The fact that I’ve been a VJ on a music channel and am a youth icon are pluses for me because they’ve given me a connect with the youth. I know there are a lot of VJs who have done movies and haven’t done well. I am however, optimistic.

Ayushmann who has signed yet another movie with Shoojit Sircar, titled, Humara Bajaj. The actor has also composed and sung a Punjabi love ballet for his current movie. By his own admission, the glam biz doesn’t warm up to people who are not “entertaining enough.” He says,

You’ve got to wash your dirty linen in public, make a fool of yourself and provide fodder for gossip, if you want to be part of the entertainment industry.

A frequent visitor to Ahmedabad, Ayushmann “loves the kulfi available at Law Garden and the feel of the city (not in that order though)!.”