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Did you know what was the first role ‘sweet boy’ Ayushmann Khurrana played on-stage?

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who will be playing a character with grey shades in his next film, reveals that he mostly played such roles in his theatre days.

bollywood Updated: Dec 16, 2017 13:30 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
Ayushmann Khurrana,Bollywood,Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana will be playing the role of a visually-challenged pianist in Sriram Raghavan’s film.

Sweet, charming, guy-next-door — that’s how actor Ayushmann Khurrana usually comes across, probably because of the image he has built through his roles in films such as Vicky Donor (2012), Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. But the actor feels that now is the perfect time to make the shift to different kinds of roles.

But now the actor is all set to take the audience by surprise with his upcoming thriller film, tentatively titled Shoot The Piano Player, where he plays the role of a visually impaired pianist. The actor reveals that his character has grey shades. “I come across as a sweet boy, but I have mostly played such grey characters in theatre. I have been doing such roles from my childhood, since I started doing theatre. My first role ever was Shylock in the Merchant Of Venice, then I played Ashwathhama in Dharamveer Bharti’s Andha Yug — all these were grey, and I got a lot of awards for them. So, I had always been waiting for a thriller film,” he says.

Playing a differently abled pianist had its own set of challenges. “It’s not easy. You need to make it as real as possible. I interacted with many such people and went to [special] schools for them. I also met a visually impaired pianist. I observed how he approaches the piano, how his body language is. The hardest part is that you are not looking at the keys,” Ayushmann tells us, enacting out the same, “I have to look here and there, and just listen to the music. It’s challenging, but exciting at the same time.”

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I don’t believe in the feign way of playing a visually impaired guy. You need to make it as real as possible. As part of my training, I interacted with a lot of such people and went to [special] schools for them.

To state the obvious, Ayushmann had an excellent year professionally. His films were successful at the box-office, and the critics loved him. But success puts more pressure on you than failures. Bouncing back from the latter is relatively easy than maintaining one’s position at the top. Ask the actor if that’s true, and he says, “I don’t know. As an artist, if your work is appreciated, you have that thing inside you that ‘Okay, I am doing a decent job’. But working or not working of a film is incidental. Having said that, it gives you confidence when your films work as an actor. You are known as a bankable star that way.”

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First Published: Dec 16, 2017 13:15 IST