No more is it just about impressing the audience in India. An increasing number of B-Town actors are now aiming to make a name for themselves globally. Ayushmann Khurrana (right), who recently returned from a music tour in the US and Dubai, talks about his experience.
What was the response to your concerts like?
It was phenomenal. In Dubai, the tickets sold were almost double of what the organisers had expected. In the US, a lot of people told me that they weren’t expecting this kind of a performance from me. I usually sing soft songs. But during these concerts, I performed some foot-tapping numbers from my films too.
I also rehashed some ’90s music. Most of the singers either go completely retro or they sing new songs. Nobody touches the ’90s. Even if they do, they sing the original songs. I gave a unique rock twist to the songs from that era.
What did you bring back from your tour in the US?
A lot of memories. It was my debut tour in the US. I performed in eight cities. I realised that in the US, people are connected more to India through music and cinema. They are more receptive to Indian music, probably, even more than audiences in India. When they see actors or singers performing live, they love it.
Are there any artistes you would like to collaborate with?
I’d like to collaborate with an international rapper. Most of my songs are melodious, so to collaborate with an international rapper, will be unique. It is a zone I would like to explore.
Watch: Ayushmann Khurrana’s song Yahin Hoon Main
Is there a growing market for Indian artistes internationally?
Yes, there is. That’s because, today, there are a lot of NRIs in the west. Having said that, there have been legends such as Pt Ravi Shankar (late sitar player) and Pt Shivkumar Sharma (santoor player), who, of course, have a global reach.
What do you like more — playback singing or performing live?
Singing at a concert gives you a different high. It gives you instant gratification. You always want that kind of appreciation from the audience. When you shoot for a film, you wait for the film to release to get that [gratification]. But when it comes to performing live — be it acting, singing or anchoring — it gives you another high.
Who do you look up to in the music industry?
Chris Martin [of Coldplay] and Adele. Also, I recently attended a Maroon 5 concert in Singapore. Adam Levine is a brilliant performer. Among Indian artistes, I look up to Kishore Kumar. He was an all-rounder.