Adie-hard Punjabi by heart, actor Ayushmann Khurrana, 28, has no doubts that the depiction of popular culture on screen guarantees whistles in the cinema halls.
“People love watching Punjabis on-screen in their purest and crudest form. No doubt we are loud show-offs, but we enjoy goodwill.” The actor who was in the Capital yesterday says that life is beautiful post the success of Vicky Donor but he is a little disappointed about the movie not making it to the Oscars. “Vicky Donor’s success proves how progressive our nation has become. I totally share (director) Shoojit Sircar’s concern. And I am happy that people are at least debating between Barfi and Vicky Donor for Oscars.”
Ask him about an actor from the current crop that he really admires and without batting an eyelid, he replies, “Parineeti Chopra. She is a very talented girl and bubbly at the same time. She is not at all conscious of her dressing unlike other actors. I loved her in Ishaqzaade and given a chance, would love to work with her.” Next up, the actor will be seen in Rohan Sippy’s Nautanki Sala, that releases in February. “It’s a fun, new-age movie. My character is a theatre actor who plays Raavana,” he says. He has also sung two songs in the movie and composed one. However, unlike actor Priyanka Chopra, he has no plans to release an album. “I am in no hurry,” he says.
The actor says that while in the Capital, he loves to eat. “My mum is from Delhi and my brother is living here so Delhi is special. My favourite eating joints in Delhi are Big Chill, Pandara Road and Karim’s.”