Hailing from Chandigarh, Ayushmann Khurrana started off as a reality TV star, pursued his passion for singing and eventually graduated to being a Bollywood star. But besides acting, there’s lot more to the Vicky Donor (2012) actor that even his fans don’t know about.
Off camera, he describes himself as a “very subtle, simple and quirky at the same time” person. In a candid chat, Khurrana talks about his early memories in Chandigarh, falling in love, becoming a young father, moving to Mumbai and how life has been great ever since. Read on…
Chandigarh words you miss?
‘Kiddan’ is like a typical what’s up? ‘Kaim’ is the answer that means I am good. ‘Changa fir’ is I am okay. These three are often used.
Your favourite ride?
I have always been a thorough crazy biker since my college days. Back then, I owned the legendary RX 100, and I got the last model because after that they stopped manufacturing the 2-stoke bikes. I have no bike right now. I crave for biking experience these days. I would love to purchase a café racer bike – a simple, normal, black triumph – I am not a cruiser fan. I would hate to go out during traffic hours in Mumbai so early morning or late night is when I’d love to go for a ride.
How did your love story start?
We met at physics tuition. She was the hottest girl in the class and I’ve always been a nerd with braces and glasses. I got to know from someone that she has a crush on me and that was something not believable because I always thought I cannot have a crush on her because she’s beyond my league. It was too good to be true. But finally I was the one who proposed first. We were friends for a while. I took my own sweet time as I was an introvert. And come on, I was only 17 that time.
Are you good at babysitting?
I suck at babysitting. But having a baby is a different dimension. I am glad to be a young father because I have all the energy to run around and do crazy stuff with my son Virajveer. I think I am boyish because of my son.
Do you have a tattoo?
Nah, I am not a tattoo person at all. I believe in the transitory nature of life, nothing is permanent, so even tattoos should not be permanent.
If not a singer or actor, what would you be?
I am Post Graduate in Print Journalism from Punjab University, so I guess I would have been a journalist. Or somehow I would have been in media only.
When you are not working (acting), what keeps you busy?
I like to read and play cricket. Between shots, we play a lot of cricket. I always carry my cricket kit.
Do people still call you Vicky Donor?
In a span of four years, I have won two national awards and you are generally judged by your last film. Anyway I know I can’t get rid of Donor tag and honestly I don’t want to either.
From TV to Bollywood, have you changed as a person?
Cricket and cinema are the biggest identities in India. TV is a mass medium and when you enter films, people see you in a different light altogether, as in you get into spotlight and get more attention. But I have not changed as a person. I still listen to my heart when it comes to taking decisions.
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