In the world of Khans and Kapoors, Ayushmann Khurrana is an exception. Perhaps, it’s the dimple digging deep or the chiseled jawline we can grate cheese on, we really cannot place a finger on it, but something about this actor makes you take a liking to him instantly. There is this uninterrupted flow of warmth that engulfs you into losing your heart to AK. It is almost as alluring as his acting chops. A versatile talent, Ayushmann is a gifted singer and also writes beautifully. Certainly, he is a jack of many trades. Needless to mention, he is a master of them all, too.
Bollywood debuts have always been a headline-making topic for discussion. Some have chosen to make a fancy entry in a musical high-school drama, while others picked an action-packed, adrenaline-pumping flick. Ayushmann chose to be one among us, a guy-next-door. He played an accidental sperm donor in his first film, Vicky Donor. There has been no looking back for this charming man ever since. Not that we didn’t have enough reasons to love him (cue on his reality show stint and a voice that can make any girl swoon over him). Sex, let alone sperm donation, wasn’t a subject Bollywood discussed widely back in 2012. But Ayushmann pushed the envelope and acted in movies that challenged societal norms, one Friday at a time.
It took him six years to penetrate the circle of the creme de la creme of the industry, but in the hearts of his audience, Ayushmann had already arrived, in fact, he has been a tenant there since day one. After giving Bollywood the boy-next-door of the generation, he moved on to shatter stereotypes attached to ‘sex’ in India, thereby opening a dialogue. He played Mudit Sharma, a guy who suffers from erectile dysfunction in Shubh Mangal Savdhaan. Missed watching it? Fret not, ZEE5 is streaming the film exclusively! Not only did the film break the taboo but also exceeded box office expectations. So much so, Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan is in the making as we speak!
Ayushmann is far from the macho man a Bollywood ‘hero’ is expected to be. No, he hasn’t packed punches on screen or danced with heroines clad in chiffon sarees at exotic locations in his movies. In the world of fiction and fairy tales, Ayushmann offers reality with a pinch of salt and a dash of desi humour. His characters are as flawed as you and I, making them all the more relatable. Sample his portrayal of a writer Chirag in Bareilly ki Barfi who will remind you of men in your surroundings. Watch Bareilly ki Barfi on ZEE5 now to know more!
Holding the baton tight, Ayushmann also showed us that clothing and profession don’t define or impact masculinity. In fact, Ayushmann rocked a saree way better than I ever will in Dream Girl.
Honestly, it is not just the performances or the awards he is taking home. Not that we can ever get enough of that gorgeous face, 4000-watt smile and stunning screen stints, but it is his ability to put the story first that makes him a winner. Every time a trailer for his film releases, we are rooting for an Ayushmann different from the earlier one. We are probably so blinded by the gloss and glamour that we fail to differentiate reality from 70mm, and that’s exactly where he bridges the gaps. Real, relevant and relatable is a genre – up down the ‘Ayushmann Alley.’
Gulabo Sitabo, Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan, and many more to come, are proof, he is not giving the ‘unconventional’ badge up any time soon and for that, we are ever grateful. Before we sign off, let’s just make one thing very clear – there is no formula to becoming an Ayushmann Khurrana. So, here’s a toast to the unique gift universe received 34 years ago!
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