Ayushmann Khurrana: Having a writer wife is a great support when you have tricky script to read
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana shares that after he has read the script, he makes it a point that his wife Tahira also reads it and in case there are any changes, they discuss about them.
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has impressed his fans and critics alike with some really out of the box scripts that he’s been a part of. From his debut film Vicky Donor (2012) to Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) and last year’s Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, the actor has time and again pushed the envelope and tried challenging roles. And the credit for all this, he says, goes to his family, particularly his wife Tahira.
“My wife is a great support when it comes to reading tricky scripts because she is also a writer, so that helps. Whenever I get a script, I read it first but I make it a point that Tahira reads it too after me. Thankfully, she has loved all my scripts so far, more so because she is an artist herself. She writes and she’s been teaching journalism and mass communication in colleges,” says Ayushmann, adding that Tahira believes in his intent that “it’s better to do unconventional. She appreciates the path that I have chosen as an actor.”
Asked if there’s ever been a case that Tahira didn’t like particular portions in the script or she suggested any changes, Ayushmann says that’s a part of the process. “Once she’s done reading the script, we discuss it at length. Difference of opinion happens a lot of times but we measure pros and cons and see the potential of the script in totality. So, if she’s suggested any changes, I check with the writer and director if some things can be dropped. You see, it also depends on how the other person is and if they like your idea,” he shares.
The actor, who is currently shooting for his next Shoot the Piano Player, further states that even with his family, he never had any inhibitions talking about his films and scripts, no matter what taboo subjects they dealt with. “It’s really cool back home. Thankfully, we happen to be progressive enough and it’s good to address taboos in our society. People are interested in such films. They don’t talk about them in open, but they want to. Maybe after watching the films, they have started to talk openly about the subjects.”
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