Ayushmann Khurrana's first movie with Yash Raj Films - Bewakoofiyaan - is set to hit theatres on Friday.
Music straight from the heart
As the actor-singer gears up for the release of this Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor-starrer, we catch up with him about the movie, his son, his contemporaries and more.
First YRF movie
Talking about Bewakoofiyaan, Ayushmann told Hindustantimes.com, "I think working with Yash Raj Films is on the wishlist of every actor. So that was one reason (for signing the movie). Also, Habib Faisal has written a script you can relate to. The combination of an earthy writer like Habib and a cool director like Nupur Asthana hooked me to the film.")
Interestingly, the film is less than two hours long, rare for a Yash Raj movie.
What is 'stupid' about Bewakoofiyaan?
"The small incidents that happen when a boy loses his job and his girlfriend earns more than him are actually stupid. That is the fun of the film," Ayushmann said.
Sharing love over lunch
"Sonam and Rishi Kapoor used to feed all of us. They used to get these huge dabbas full of food and being a Punjabi, I really loved that," said Ayushmann.
He added, "When we were shooting in Delhi, the food used to come from Rishiji's daughter Riddhima's house. Even Nupur and others used to join us in the van for lunch."
Ayushmann's last movie ever?
There was one incident that really scared off Ayushmann. In the film, Ayushmann offers his first car to Sonam and she is supposed to drive it on a highway.
"Now, Sonam is used to driving automatic cars while this one was a completely manual vehicle. Throughout the shoot I was expected to give all romantic and mushy expressions while all I could think of was if something untoward happens, Bewakoofiyaan will become my last film ever," says the actor.
Out-of-the-box movie? Naah
When asked about the preparations he underwent for Mohit (his role in Bewakoofiyaan), Ayushmann said the film does not involve any stunt or any such thing for which he would have prepared. He further said that he simply read the script.
"Habib has not written an out-of-the-box story. It is unusual, nonetheless, but it is so relatable. As an urban Punjabi guy, everything came naturally to me," said the actor. He added that he relates more to Mohit that Vicky (his character from Vicky Donor, his debut film).
Apart from his own song Khamakhaan, Ayushmann said that the title track of the movie is really close to his heart. Why watch Bewakoofiyaan?
"The film is very relatable and when you come out of the theatre (after watching it), you will have a smile on your face. Every person in love will be able to relate to it and every possessive father will relate to it," the actor said. Ranbir is a star
Ayushmann does not consider Ranbir Kapoor
his contemporary. He said that Ranbir is already a star and added that Ranveer Singh is another actor who is exceptionally talented.
However, Ayushmann added that there are no plans in the pipeline to work with either of the actors. "I do not have wishlist for co-stars but for directors. I want to work with Imtiaz Ali, Dibakar Banerjee and Rajkumar Hirani, he said. A busy dad
In a previous interview, Ayushmann had told Hindustantimes.com that he was still getting used to the idea that he is a dad. The situation doesn't seem to have changed much in the last six months. (His son is now almost two-year-old.)
"I do not get time to spend with my kid. Though I am happy that now with the promotions, I get to meet him more often but it is really tough to be a young dad," Ayushmann said. Apolitical star
With several Bollywood actors entering politics or supporting political parties, is Ayushmann planning something along those lines? He said, "I am very apolitical. I am just an artist. I might want to take a social stand when I think I have something to say."