Ayushmann Khurrana

  Hindi Film     Main Lead, Supporting Actor, Music Director, Lyricist, Singer    14 Sep 1984

Ayushmann Khurrana’s novelty to do different roles has sustained him and shall take him a long way Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana deserves kudos because he is one of the few actors who has tasted success at a young age and despite being a popular name on Radio, TV and Films, Ayushmann Khurrana is grounded and exhibits no starry tantrums! What makes Ayushmann Khurrana ahead of the recent crop of actors like Varun Dhawan, Tiger Shroff, Harshvardhan Kapoor.... etc. is that Khurrana has acquired stardom on his solo strength and sheer hard work, without a godfather to launch him.  Further the quality of films he selects like Vicky Donor or Dum Laga Ke Haisha are really ‘Hat Ke’ and it is this novelty that has sustained him and he seems set to go a long way. His future film include Yash Raj Film’s Meri Pyaari Bindu, John Abrahma’s Agra Ka Daabra (directed by Shoojit Sircar)  and Tanu Weds Manu (2011) and Raanjhanaa (2013) director Aanand L Rai has signed him in his two films Shubh Mangal Savdhan and Manmarziyan    
Born on   14 September 1984
Screen Name/ Original Name   Ayushmann Khurrana Ayushmann Khurrana
Parents   P Khurrana ( An astrologer) Mrs Poonam Khuranna ( M.A. in Hindi)    
Siblings   Aparshakti Khurrana ( RJ and actor)    
Spouse   Tahira Khurana
Children   Two Children - son, Virajveer, and a daughter, Varushka    
Early Life   It was Madhuri Dixit’s hit song Ek Do Teen…in Tezaab that inspired Ayushmann Khurrana to become an actor   Ayushmann Khurrana credits Madhuri Dixit’s hit song Ek Do Teen… in the Anil Kapoor film Tezab (1988) that inspired him to become an actor.    According to Ayushmann Khurrana when he was about 4 years old he had seen the film Tezaab at a single screen theatre in Chandigarh along with his parents. When the song Ek Do Teen blazed the screen, the audience in the dingy cinema hall whistled, cheered and threw coins at the screen. Some cine buffs went crazy and chanted ‘Mohini… Mohini…’ and the cinema hall echoed with thunderous  clapping and applause. .   More than the song and Madhuri Dixit’s dance, young Ayushmann Khurrana was fascinated by the splendor of cinema. He was overwhelmed by the jubilation and the fondness of audiences towards Madhuri Dixit.   Bowled over by the euphoria of the audience towards film stars, young Ayushmann Khurrana, made up his mind to become a film star!   Ayushmann Khurrana was ridiculed by school teachers for his interest in films   After having made up his mind to become an actor, Ayushmann Khurrana started to act and dance and drew attention in school and society. But he rued, “In our Punjabi culture acting and singing is considered worthless. Hence my school teacher ridiculed me.  My math teacher used to taunt me saying – you are nuts in studies, you can only dance and sing.”   When he confessed his passion to his grandma she slapped him. Similarly, when he opened heart his to his sweet-heart, she laughed him off!   Despite humiliation Ayushmann Khurrana continued his struggle   Despite humiliation Ayushmann Khurrana, pursued his passion. To add salt to his injuries he failed in the Channel [V] singing reality show, Popstars. He was condemned by some for his thick eyebrows, some mocked his Punjabi accent and some laughed at his short height.   But Ayushmann Khurrana, withstood all humiliations and made a second attempt in 2004 to participate in MTV’s Roadies season 2, which he finally won and at the young age of 20, when others of his age are busy completing their formal studies, Ayushmann Khurrana was earning a handsome five figure salary!        
Personal Life   Ayushmann Khurrana fell in love with Tahira at college   The fact that Ayushmann Khurrana is married and has two children is difficult for his female fans to digest. But the truth is Khurrana, married Tahira Kashyap, a family friend in Chandigarh in 2011.   Ayushmann Khurrana had studied in an all –boy’s school hence the curiosity to meet girls and have girl friend was intense. When he stepped into School of Communication Studies, Panjab University, to pursue Mass Communication, he encountered a young and attractive girl Tahira Kashyap. She was studying Journalism in the same college. The two became close friends and soon friendship blossomed into love and the two wedded in 2011 after many years of dating and understanding each other.   Tahira is a multi-talented woman, apart from being a lecturer; she has also worked at a radio station and is author of his autobiography - Cracking the Code: My Journey in Bollywood.    
Career     Ayushmann Khurrana took acting seriously since childhood   After having made up his mind to become actor Ayushmann Khurrana took up acting seriously.   At school he would spend more time at theatre than classroom. He would be engaged in doing legendary plays like Shylock and Merchant of Venice or did musicals like Romeo and Juliet and eve performed dark plays like Othello. Khurrana was so passionate about plays that he took intense interest in theater both at school St. John’s High School and DAV College in Chandigarh.    In addition, he was even instrumental in founding two active theatre groups in DAV College, Chandigarh. The theater groups called ‘Aaghaaz’ and ‘Manchtantra’, are even today functional despite Khurrana, having quit them long back.   During his college days Ayushmann Khurrana did many experiments in dramatics. He revived the orthodox style of street plays and won prizes in national college festivals like Mood Indigo (IIT Bombay), Oasis (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani) and St. Bedes Simla. He also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwatthama in Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug.”   Soon he began getting a lot of TV offers. He was a TV presenter for various shows like the IPL broadcasts and was also a RJ at BIG FM Delhi for four years.   Film director Shoojit Sircar convinced Ayushmann Khurrana for Vicky Donor   Film director Shoojit Sircar wanted a face which could translate innocence and honesty for his film Vicky Donor (2012).   The role was first offered to Vivek Oberoi and later to Sharman Joshi but both declined as the subject was bit edgy. Finally Shoojit hit upon casting Ayushmann, whom he had discovered for MTV’s Wassup.   When Shoojit gave the good news to Ayushmann, he could not believe as he felt his personality did not suit the character but Shoojit convinced him.   Ayushmann Khurrana did a fantastic job but Khurrana credits Shoojit as he believes Shoojit extracted the right performance from him.      The film won National Award and it fetched Ayushmann Khurrana the prestigious Filmfare, Screen and Stardust Best Debut Actor Award.   After Vicky Donor, Ayushmann Khurrana was shattered After the mega success of Vicky Donor, Ayushmann Khurrana was shattered with a hat-trick of flops viz Nautanki Saala, Bewakoofiyaan and Hawaizaada but despite failures, Ayushmann Khurrana did not sign any run of the mill masala Bollywood film, instead he signed Dum Laga Ke Haisha, another off-beat film with a new comer Bhumi Pednekar.   The film not only did good business but won National Film Award. Speaking about his penchant for parallel cinema, Ayushmann Khurrana says, “Though I love all kinds of cinema but roles that are different and earthy, which people can connect are more challenging to perform. Such roles give inner solace as an actor.”     The pair Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar are once again collaborating this year and have Jodi have signed a new film,  ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’ to be produced by Aanand L. Rai.  
Awards   For Vicky Donor, Ayushmann Khurrana, won all major awards like Filmfare, Screen, IIFA, Stardust etc as Best Debut Actor.   Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback for the song Pani Da Rang…. (Vicky Donor)
Other works   Ayushmann Khurrana is a good singer   Though Ayushmann Khurrana is a good singer but he feels he is a better composer. He had composed and sung the hit songs Pani Da Rang…. (Vicky Donor) and Saddi Gali (Nautanki Saala!).   In fact for the song Pani Da Rang…. (Vicky Donor), he won the Filmfare Best Male Playback singer Award.   His other hit songs include Mitti Di Khusboo… Ik Vaar….; Yahin Hoon Main…………   
Milestones   Ayushmann Khurrana had actually donated sperms prior to Vicky Donor   The reason why Ayushmann Khurrana’s  performance is so effortlessly in Vicky Donor is because he was aware about the science of sperm donation and had actually donated his sperms.   Few may be aware that when Khurrana was doing the hit TV show Roadies Session 2 , the TV show had dedicated an episode based on sperm donation. Khurrana, had also donated sperms in 2004 in Allahabad hence he was acquainted with the subject. As a result he was able to put more imputes into his character from his side. This added more realism in his character and it became more realistic.   Khurrana gives full marks to his director Shoojit Sircar, who handled the taboo subject brilliantly without making it cheap and minus titillation. As a result the film became a family film and the subject reached far and wide.    
     
         

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