The first thing you notice about Aparshakti Khurana is his infectious laughter, a full-throttled laugh that makes you want to join in. It was perhaps one of the many inherent traits that pushed him to do what he loves — be an RJ.
“Once I realised that I am a mix of various talents — having a love for music, singing and a background in theatre — I thought I could merge these into RJing,” he says, and announces that he loves his job of a radio jockey so dearly that he wouldn’t swap it with anything, not even full-time acting now that he has been offered a role in a Hindi film.
This month, Chandigarh-born Aparshakti is busy shooting for the film Saat Uchchakke, in the bylanes of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, also his current hometown. “From the makers of Special 26, this film also stars Manoj Bajpai and Kay Kay Menon,” informs Aparshakti, adding with a wicked laugh, “I play one of the ‘uchchakkas’ (loosely translated as thieves) and look like one, so the role came to me quite easily.”
The film fell into his lap along with an offer to host a reality show by a TV channel. “The film’s representatives handed me the contract before the TV makers did, so I decided to take it up. Had the dates not been clashing, I might have given television a try first,” he insists, saying he has never really been hooked to act in films, unlike his elder brother Ayushmann Khurrana, who gained fame with his debut, Vicky Donor.
The revelation comes as a surprise because Aparshakti has been an avid theatre actor in Delhi. “Ever since I was in school, I wanted to do something creative.
I also always wanted to be in Delhi,” says the product of Hansraj Public School in Panchkula and a lawyer by education. What also becomes apparent is Aparshakti’s single-minded focus on being an RJ early in life. “All of these little exposures helped shape my career as an RJ.
One might argue that the best RJs are perhaps based in Mumbai, but it did not make sense for me to move to Mumbai, where I would have had to start from a scratch and wasted three-and-a-half years already spent in Delhi,” he states matter-of-factly. Aparshakti’s focus paid off, for he is now one of Delhi’s best-known RJs on 104.8 FM. You would hear very few people say: “Everyday, I feel like I haven’t gone to work, I’m having so much fun.” The RJ says it’s interesting to talk to people he doesn’t know, though “everyone who can talk can’t be an RJ.”
Despite harbouring love for so many interests, Aparshakti advises against being a jack of all trades. “I can sing, I can play the guitar, I have also been the captain of the Haryana cricket team. But, I can’t be a master of all these passions; it’ll leave me confused. So, its better that you give your best shot at whatever you do,” he suggests, and relays one of his father’s lessons: ‘Never look down upon any piece of work.’
His father’s mention warms up Aparshakti’s face, who laments that the biggest setback of having a successful career is that family time is sacrificed. “My father [astrologer PK Khurana] still plays the flute and sometimes the three of us — my father, brother and I — have a jam session which is great fun,” he reminisces.
Next, there are Punjabi film offers coming his way, he acknowledges, which he wouldn’t mind taking up.