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I've arrived now, says Ayushmann Khurana

Ayushmann Khurana

By HT

Mumbai, Sept. 14 -- In an industry, where one weekend can change your destiny - for better or for worse - Ayushmann Khurrana is currently enjoying his high after having seen many lows.

As he turns 31 today (September 14), the actor says he feels overwhelmed with the response his last release, Dum Laga Ke Haisha (DLKH), generated, and plans to do more such films.

"Nobody expected much from Vicky Donor (VD; 2012) too. But this kind of realistic, content-based cinema works for me. I'll strive to do more of it in the future," says Ayushmann.

Ask him if things have changed for him in his three years in industry, and he says, "Definitely. In VD, I was just playing myself. Being a Punjabi, I could sleepwalk through that character. But DLKH involved hard work, because I had never been to Uttar Pradesh (the film was based in the state). I had to work on my body language and my accent. I think, today, people take me seriously as an actor. I've probably arrived now." Ayushmann Khurrana says that while taking up a film, he always goes with his gut.

"The intuition that you get after reading a script for the first time is the purest. The more you read it, and ask your colleagues to comment or give their feedback, the more mathematics you start applying to it. With my first and my last film, I intuitively knew that they were awesome, and I wanted to do them. And, probably, that didn't happen with the three films in between.

Of course, the combination of the producer and the director needs to work well too. I think that's what happened with Hawaizaada. The film had a first-time producer and director, and I don't think that works at all. You need at least one credible name, be it the director or the producer."

Today, with competition getting tougher in Bollwyood, are there any contemporaries he admires? "Ranveer's (Singh) energy, Ranbir's (Kapoor) effortlessness, Varun's (Dhawan) dedication and Arjun's (Kapoor) pragmatism and knowledge of filmdom," says the actor, who turns a year older today (September 14).

Not a believer of celebrating his birthday on a large scale, Ayushmann plans to spend time with his family today. Later, he will head out on a backpacking trip to Singapore, where he plans to attend a few F1 Grand Prix races. He will also attend Maroon 5 and Bon Jovi concerts. "I'll be that guy standing in the mosh pit (laughs)," he says.