VJ-turned-actor Ayushmann Khurrana feels that it has now become relatively easier for outsiders to enter the film industry as it is only the talent that matters.
Ayushmann, who had contested on popular reality show Roadies and emerged as winner, took up a job as a Radio Jockey and hosted shows for MTV. He also started anchoring for other reality shows like India's Got Talent, Just Dance and some award functions.
With Vicky Donor, Ayushmann made his acting debut in Bollywood opposite TV actress Yami Gautam. His second release was Nautanki Saala.
"Earlier, it was not easy but today it is all about talent. Indian cinema has grown over a period of time today.
Everything is transparent, filmmakers do auditions and the selection is based on who fits the bill. I think I have carved a niche as an actor-singer," Ayushmann told PTI in an interview here.
Considering that every year a bunch of new actors enter industry, Ayushmann is not bogged down with the competitiveness that the profession brings in.
"I am not competitive at all. Every year there are at least three debutants, so always there is new lot of actors coming in industry. There is space for everyone," he said. Ayushmann aspires to work with filmmakers like Rajkumar Hirani and Aditya Chopra.
Ayushmann, who is elated with the response to his latest film Nautanki Saala says, he does not feel the pressure anymore and is glad that everyone is accepting him.
"I don't feel the pressure... I believe in performance. I am new here and I am glad people are liking and accepting me. It feels great when people shower praises on you, credit you. I am happy to reach where I am today. It's all surreal," he said.