The film Nautanki Saala might have generated a mixed response, but actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who made his Bollywood debut with Vicky Donor last year, is unperturbed, as he believes he has evolved as an actor.
“I think I’ve evolved as an actor. My performance was appreciated. People are saying I am not a one-film wonder. That’s the best part of being in this film,” says Ayushmann. “Some people presumed I was just being myself in Vicky Donor, a Punjabi boy trying to find my bearings in life. I had to work much harder on this character in Nautanki Saala. I had to get into a different skin. And the bromance between me and Kunal Roy Kapoor is immensely liked,” he adds. As for working with Kunal, Ayushmann says, “I was lucky to have him as my co-star. Just like Annu Kapoor, who was such a help in Vicky Donor, Kunal gave my character a perspective and a concentrated energy. He is a terrific guy, and an experienced actor.”
Today, Ayushmann has acquired the reputation of being picky about his roles. “Every actor has to be careful about the work he does,” he says, in defence. “I want to make sure the characters that I do give me a chance to broaden my horizon as an actor. But my first two films were quirky. I’d also like to do conventional parts. Every role can’t be out-of-the-box. I’d like to do something in the box now. In fact, the Yash Raj Films’ movie that I am doing with Sonam Kapoor is far more conventional than my first two films,” he adds.
Ayushmann’s wife lives in Chandigarh with their one-year old son Virajer. In Mumbai, the actor misses them acutely. “I’d love to have them with me permanently. But I’d like my son to grow up in Chandigarh,” he says.