From being a contestant on a TV reality show to a host and now a lead in his debut film Vicky Donor, VJ-turned actor Ayushmann Khurrana, says the journey of an outsider has never been easy in films and feels that star kids very much deserve to be in the industry.
"I think if I was a star kid I would have made by debut four years back. But I don't have a godfather in the industry and I have made my own niche and I am proud of it. But that is ok, star kids deserve to get opportunities because their parents worked really hard," Ayushmann told PTI.
"I think there are lot of star kids are doing well like Ranbir Kapoor. I think he is the flag bearer of R K Films.. he is brilliant as an actor. And gradually he wants to become a director and revive R K Films banner and that is really commendable.. he is a superstar. I think even Arjun Kapoor is looking very good in 'Ishqzaade'.. I think they deserve to be there," he said.
"But it is slightly difficult for outsiders... but it doesn’t matter much.. it happens everywhere even in business they have their children joining the business. So it doesn't matter much... that is the rule of the book," the actor said.
Ayushmann shot to fame with the second season of reality show MTV Roadies in 2004 where he emerged winner. Thereafter he completed his studies and took up a job as a radio jockey in Delhi, and later hosted quite a few shows for MTV, reality shows like 'India's Got Talent' and ‘Just Dance’ and several award functions. He was a presenter for Extra Innings T20 (IPL), season three.
"But I always wanted to be an actor. I did journalism, radio.. Roadies happened when I was in college in 2004. Most of the reality show contestants shift their base to Mumbai and try their luck in films and television. I could have done that but I was not ready that time, I was not prepared for it. So I went back completed my education and in 2008 I became VJ after doing radio and other stuff," the 27-year-old said.
Now, with Vicky Donor, Ayushmann makes his acting debut in Bollywood opposite TV actress Yami Gautam. The film directed by Shoojit Sircar is based on the concept of sperm donation and infertility.