Ayushmann Khurrana was 19 years old when he won Roadies 2 back in 2004. But unlike most reality show winners who shift base to Mumbai immediately after, Khurrana took his time and moved only in 2008. Since then he has been consolidating his position in the television industry. And now, he’s ready to make his Bollywood debut in Sujit Sarkar’s untitled next.
“I play the lead role in the romantic-comedy in between a Punjabi boy and a Bengali girl,” says Khurrana. “The film goes on the floors in the third week of September.”
For now, he is thrilled to be the host of Just Dance on Star Plus. However, Khurrana really went out of his way to pick this reality show, which features Hrithik Roshan as one of the judges.
After hosting the first two seasons of India’s Got Talent on Colors, Khurrana was expected to take on the next as well. But when he heard of Just Dance, he deserted the franchise and jumped ship. “Just Dance is really big. We’ve shot in the US and UK. And I was dying to do a dance show,” says the artiste, who continues to maintain a professional relationship with Colors.
“There was no contract yet, and I was looking for a change. Since I’ll be doing movies after Just Dance wraps up in September, I thought it would be a good shift. And India’s Got Talent kept changing judges anyway, I don’t think it should matter if the host has left.”
Apart from that risk, Khurrana also let go of another film offer to keep his commitment. “I was offered a small negative part in a film, but the schedule was right in the middle of the show, so I had to say no,” he says, without an ounce of regret in his voice. Though the dancer, journalist, radio and TV jockey might not get to shake a leg on the show, he’s glad just being a part of it. “With Hrithik there, I really don’t know,” he laughs.