He’s always been on a roster for the previous couple of decades. And today, Ayushmann Khurrana is really on a definite high with his final two movies — Badhaai Ho and Andhadhun — bagging multiple National awards such as the Best Jazz honor because of his revival in the latter. Amidst all of the running around for shoots, promotions of the second, Fantasy Girl and other professional responsibilities, we managed to squeeze some”spare time” in the celebrity’s jam-packed program to get a distinctive Ganpati photoshoot and interview. “I believe I’m enjoying this insanity. It is good fun, but at precisely the same time, I would like to hit a balance also,” states Ayushmann. But when I came to Mumbai, I must know that it’s named Ganpati at Maharashtra. I recall when I landed in town for the very first time I was thrilled to determine how whole-heartedly men and women celebrate Ganpati. During my early years, I used to dance on the roads [and all the Ganpati procession]. Thus, a lot of occasions, when I would go for auditions throughout the festival, I’d like to eliminate the auto-rickshaw and randomly begin dance in other people’ Ganpati procession. It is a gorgeous festival.
For you personally, what is the best thing for you about the festival?
For me, the ideal thing is that the feeling of bonhomie about it. Additionally, the entire energy which includes the festival is fantastic, so much, so nothing ceases devotees. They keep moving. I’ve discovered that Bappa devotees like to dance in addition to take the idols outside from the rain. That sort of devotion and pure loyalty is contagious.
Lord Ganesha is a favorite god for all, for a variety of reasons. What exactly does he stand for you?
I know a whole lot of people — like a variety of my Mumbai buddies — whose favorite God is Ganpati. For them, Ganpati is not only a God but a buddy. That is the reason why they could say anything for their’buddy’ Through time, I’ve witnessed that fantastic relationship. Additionally, Ganesha symbolizes wealth, particularly when you’re starting something brand new. There is a great deal of fanfare and bonhomie around it. Lots of my friends that are in the North but they adore enthusiasm and are becoming overly emotional about the holiday season. Notably, whenever Ganpati leaves, and they opt for immersion, they become susceptible.
You know, before, I’ve accompanied a few buddies when they moved to pick up an idol. And I have been advised that there is an instant link with a specific icon. Therefore, you start looking in the idol’s eyes, and you’re like, that is my Ganpati.’ I’ve seen that sort of connections flourish. In reality, a lot of individuals takes their Ganpati along where they go. This past year, a buddy of mine arrived at our place for supper, and they transported their Ganpati together since they were like,’ hum into akela nahi chod site. Thus, we continuously carry him with us’ I like such moments since they are lovely. The entire fervour is contagious.
Your new movie, Fantasy Girl, comes on the heels of this festival… That is what we have attempted with Fantasy Girl too. Our Ganpati tune, Dhagala lagli has come out throughout the festival. Ekta believes in attaching tunes with all the movies she thinks in. This time, it is occurring with Fantasy Girl and the whole team is quite gung-ho relating to it.
Your new movie, Fantasy Girl, comes on the heels of this festival… She’s a stern believer in the fact that it is God, fate, and challenging work which comes together. That is what we have attempted with Fantasy Girl too. Our Ganpati tune, Dhagala Lagi has come out throughout the festival. Ekta believes in attaching tunes with all the movies she thinks in. This time, it is occurring with Fantasy Girl and the whole team is quite gung-ho relating to it.
Speaking of work, Dream Girl releases following a series of your hits.
It is the most masala movie of mine. I believe, until today, my films have been middle-of-the-road — something involving critically-acclaimed along with also a commercial hit but because I’ve completed a commercial masala movie for the very first time, I’ve gone out with it. Unlike a film like Article 15, this is another side of this spectrum. I only need to inform the viewer to maintain their brains in your home (laughs) and also have a fantastic laugh together with entertainment. You ought to be kicked that two entirely different movies of yours have won highest honors?
I am quite content. This past year, I did two movies and won National awards. What more could I’ve asked for? Having a private victory of becoming’Best Actress’ award for Andhadhun, matters are even more amazing. The entire adventure of 2018 — together with just two super-hits and pulling such glories at award serves mainly the national honors is quite overwhelming. It’s my joy which I am sharing it with him because he’s doing good for himself. We’ve got a fantastic bond and discuss fantastic camaraderie. We hosted an award series together, and have known each other for quite a while now.
In the exterior, it seems like your fantasy period. Can you feel it?
I’m glad if that is how it appears. This is a gorgeous stage. It is a type of validation from individuals and acknowledgment that my decisions have worked together. As I said, I’ve gone entirely commercial for the first time, and it is a massive thing for me how the movie is monitoring. My final most important opener [in the box office] has been Badhaai Ho (approximately 7.5 crores). Therefore, when commerce folks say all great things that this might be my main opener, it’s incredibly overwhelming. I’m happy the trailer clicked along with the tunes do nicely also. From time to time, it feels surreal and overpowering. I don’t know what to say. What did you get started doing otherwise after that movie?
I believe that I began to trace my heart at a more fearless method. There was absolute clarity in my mind after BKB. That clarity helped me. I’ve just stuck to the fundamentals. I did not consider the jobs, how big a manager’s name is, that was likely to function as co-actor reverse me or whatever else. And I guess that’s worked.
Any plans to staff up with Andhadhun manager, Sriram Raghavan?
I want to utilize Sriram sir again. I am hoping we get to shake soon because he’s incredibly active, and I am also always travelling. But I am anticipating this [jamming with him].
This joyous season, have you got a huge desire? A personal wish is to strike a fantastic balance between my personal and professional lives since 2019 is my busiest season in existence until today as I’ve been shooting back.