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Ayushmann clears the air!

Ayushmann Khurana

By HT

New Delhi, Sept. 13 -- Recently, reports were doing the rounds about Ayushmann Khurrana- starrer Hawaizaada getting stalled due to financial issues. It was also alleged that the studio funding the film had decided not to go ahead with the project as it had gone over budget. Now, rumours suggest that despite having already shot for the film, the actor has also not been paid.

However, Ayushmann clarifies that he hasn't charged a single penny for the film, which is based on the life of Shivkar Talpade, credited by some to have constructed and flown India's first plane in 1895. When contacted, the 29-year-old told us: "There are some films you do to satisfy your soul, not your stomach. Hawaizaada is one such film. I've given a year to the film without expecting anything in return. I'd have rather paid to do such a beautiful film."

Elaborating on the financial constraints, Ayushmann says, "The film went slightly over budget and the studio was unsure, as this one straddles a fine line between commercial and art cinema. But now that the studio has seen the edit, they are confident about it. The dues will be cleared by next week, and we'll be starting the final leg of the schedule. While shooting, we always say that this film is as difficult and challenging as the making of the first plane."

Ayushmann is also all praise for first-time director, Vibhu Puri. "He's is very talented and I'm blessed to be a part of his film," he says.