Not a big fan of celebrating birthdays: Ayushmann Khurrana

  • Anjuri Nayar Singh and Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2015 12:25 IST

Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana says that he has never been a big fan of ­having a huge celebration on his birthdays. The actor, who turns 31 on Monday, says that he uses his brithdays to introspect.

Ayushmann Khurrana says, "I have never really got excited on my birthday. I am not one of those who has a huge celebration. Like every year, this year too, I am in Chandigarh with my ­family. In fact, I feel that ­birthdays are days to introspect one’s life and career decisions," says the actor, adding, "It is not like I think about growing old. I think about what I have done in life so far and how to strike the perfect balance between personal and professional life."

"Nobody expected much from Vicky Donor (2012) too. But this kind of realistic, content-based cinema works for me. I’ll strive to do more of it in the future," says Ayushmann.

Photo: R Burman

Ask him if things have changed for him in his three years in industry, and he says, "Definitely. In Vicky Donor, I was just playing myself. Being a Punjabi, I could sleepwalk through that character. But Dum Laga Ke Haisha involved hard work, because I had never been to Uttar Pradesh (the film was based in the state). I had to work on my body language and my accent. I think, today, people take me seriously as an actor. I’ve probably arrived now."

The actor says that he likes to be by himself on his birthday. "We have a small get together every year. As an actor, I am used to parties, so I generally tend to not have one on my ­birthday. I just like to spend time with my family," he says.

Ayushmann says that he ­realises the impact his profession has on his family life and is very grateful to his family for ­understanding the same. "Most of the actors are ­self-obsessed. I ­understand that it is tough to be the spouse of an actor. It is very important to be in touch with your family, friends and with yourself," he says.

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