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I’m subtle, simple and quirky at the same time: Ayushmann Khurrana

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana talks about his first love, Chandigarh phrases, riding his favourite bike, moving to Mumbai and more.

bollywood Updated: Sep 22, 2016 08:15 IST
Monika Rawal
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana started his journey as a VJ before making his Bollywood debut in 2012.
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana started his journey as a VJ before making his Bollywood debut in 2012.(PTI)

Hailing from Chandigarh, Ayushmann Khurrana started off as a reality TV star, pursued his passion for singing and eventually graduated to being a Bollywood star. But besides acting, there’s lot more to the Vicky Donor (2012) actor that even his fans don’t know about.

Off camera, he describes himself as a “very subtle, simple and quirky at the same time” person. In a candid chat, Khurrana talks about his early memories in Chandigarh, falling in love, becoming a young father, moving to Mumbai and how life has been great ever since. Read on…

Chandigarh words you miss?

‘Kiddan’ is like a typical what’s up? ‘Kaim’ is the answer that means I am good. ‘Changa fir’ is I am okay. These three are often used.

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Your favourite ride?

I have always been a thorough crazy biker since my college days. Back then, I owned the legendary RX 100, and I got the last model because after that they stopped manufacturing the 2-stoke bikes. I have no bike right now. I crave for biking experience these days. I would love to purchase a café racer bike – a simple, normal, black triumph – I am not a cruiser fan. I would hate to go out during traffic hours in Mumbai so early morning or late night is when I’d love to go for a ride.

Chandigarh-boy Ayushman Khurana made his Bollywood debut with Vicky Donor. (Vineet Modi)

How did your love story start?

We met at physics tuition. She was the hottest girl in the class and I’ve always been a nerd with braces and glasses. I got to know from someone that she has a crush on me and that was something not believable because I always thought I cannot have a crush on her because she’s beyond my league. It was too good to be true. But finally I was the one who proposed first. We were friends for a while. I took my own sweet time as I was an introvert. And come on, I was only 17 that time.

Are you good at babysitting?

I suck at babysitting. But having a baby is a different dimension. I am glad to be a young father because I have all the energy to run around and do crazy stuff with my son Virajveer. I think I am boyish because of my son.

Do you have a tattoo?

Nah, I am not a tattoo person at all. I believe in the transitory nature of life, nothing is permanent, so even tattoos should not be permanent.

If not a singer or actor, what would you be?

I am Post Graduate in Print Journalism from Punjab University, so I guess I would have been a journalist. Or somehow I would have been in media only.

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Actor Ayushman Khurana married his long time girlfriend Tahira and has a son named Virajveer. (Vineet Modi)

When you are not working (acting), what keeps you busy?

I like to read and play cricket. Between shots, we play a lot of cricket. I always carry my cricket kit.

Do people still call you Vicky Donor?

In a span of four years, I have won two national awards and you are generally judged by your last film. Anyway I know I can’t get rid of Donor tag and honestly I don’t want to either.

From TV to Bollywood, have you changed as a person?

Cricket and cinema are the biggest identities in India. TV is a mass medium and when you enter films, people see you in a different light altogether, as in you get into spotlight and get more attention. But I have not changed as a person. I still listen to my heart when it comes to taking decisions.

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