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'Theatre is food for the soul, not the stomach'

RJ-turned-TV actor Ayushmann Khurana on opting for TV over stage.

tv Updated: Dec 26, 2007 18:07 IST
Riya V Anandwala

How'd you switch from being an RJ to a TV actor?
I still am an RJ! My COO at Big FM is a close friend of Ekta Kapoor. He recommended my name to her and I landed up doing a cameo in Kayamath.. followed by the lead in Ek Thi Rajkumari.

Who recommended you for Ek Thi Rajkumari?
Ali Merchant who's a good friend told me about Ek Thi... I went for the auditions expecting nothing.
It's a role with shades of grey, something I've been looking for all this while.

Ali Merchant's your co-star in the show.. any signs of friction?
No. There might have been some rivalry had we both been playing lover boys. But fortunately, we're the exact opposites.

You'd auditioned for Channel [V] Popstars and later MTV Roadies.. what happened after that?
Popstars happened when I was still in college. I was studying during Roadies as well.

After finishing my mass communication course, I came down to Mumbai to pursue acting.

Why did you choose radio then?
Radio is a lot of fun. I think every actor should try it. It teaches you voice modulation. Most actors falter while speaking Hindi.

You've also done theatre, right?
Yup. For five years. But theatre is food for the soul, not for the stomach. The money on TV is far better.

What else is new?
There are a couple of anchor-based shows in the pipeline.

Any plans of settling down?
My girlfriend is from Chandigarh. I've known her forever! She's in the programming team of Big FM in Jalandhar. Marriage is on the cards.