Ayushmann Khurrana is a busy man. Although his film commitments keep him occupied, he ensures to take time out for music. The Dum Laga Ke Haisha (DLKH; 2015) actor will now set out on a tour in USA and Canada with his band. Starting July 8, the nine-city tour will see him and his band perform with Sunidhi Chauhan. Here, Ayushmann talks about his love for music, why he has never chased stardom, and how film-makers see him as a versatile actor.
This is the first time you’re going on a tour with your band. How does it feel?
Performing with a band is a different feeling. It’s a team effort. My talented band members make me sound good. Touring is a lot of fun. Discovering new places, meeting new people and connecting with them through music is an amazing experience.
Tell us about your equation with Sunidhi.
Sunidhi is one of the most sought-after singers in our country. She started young and has done some great work. I’m really excited about performing with her. She sang Mar Jayian in Vicky Donor (2012). She was also one of the few people to have heard me sing Pani Da Rang even before it was released.
In terms of music, where do you see yourself a few years down the line?
There’s a lot of good stuff in the pipeline. I have a certain brand of music, which is different and mainstream at the same time. I love being a singer-cum-actor-cum-composer-cum-lyricist. I’m living a life I always dreamt of.
Did stardom seem like a far-fetched dream?
I have never chased stardom. I’ve always aspired to do stuff I believe in and I am passionate about. I’m fortunate that my life is like a vacation. I started young, and I’m glad I took my formative years in theatre and music seriously. Stardom is a by-product of all these things put together.
While you’ve spoken fondly about your family, you’re still one of those actors whose personal life is kept away from the limelight. Why?
I’m a simple, low-profile guy and my family is an extension of my personality. We want to keep it easy and simple.
Since you are a busy actor, do you think following your passion can be exhausting and time-consuming?
Time spent on following your passion is not really time consumed. But yes, I hardly get time to spend with my family, and that unnerves me, at times, because the greatest happiness is to live a selfless life for your loved ones.
You have an interesting line-up of films ahead. Do you think film-makers see you in a different light today?
If Vicky Donor made me a household name, DLKH gave me the respect as an actor. Film-makers see me as a versatile actor now. I want to do different roles by pushing my limits. Magic happens when you get out of your comfort zone.