Ayushmann: Exploring the urban side!

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Mumbai, Sept. 22 -- Be it Vicky Donor (2012), Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), or his new backto-back hits - Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Ayushmann Khurrana has been lapped up by audiences in his guy-nextdoor avatars. 
 
But the actor is happy that his next film (directed by Sriram Raghavan) belongs to an "entirely different genre."
 
DIFFERENT TAKES
 
Stating that he would love if the directors could "take out something entirely radical" from him, feels Ayushmann. He is "glad that Sriram's film is happening" that will "definitely make people see me in a different light apart from just a guy-next-door." He adds, "I would love to work with different directors from diverse genres and challenge myself as an actor."
 
Ayushmann wishes that directors get him out of his "comfort zone". "At the same time, I would love to do an outand-out urban film such as Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) because I am an urban guy. Whatever parts I've played till now aren't me as I am not such a desi guy (smiles). I, in fact, started out as a VJ for a music channel, who was a completely urban guy. I still haven't done a film, which explores the urban side of me," he says.
 
TALENT COUNTS
 
With back-to-back hits to his name, does his journey now become easier? "Nothing is easy. But I must say that I am glad that I get such great options to choose from. Everybody is talented in this industry, so ultimately, it boils down to the choices. In today's day-and-age, you can't survive without talent," says Ayushmann, adding that he "would love to keep challenging" himself as an actor.
 
"I wish I get more novel scripts and newer ideas to explore. Additionally, I would like to evolve more as an artiste, singer, actor and performer. Having said that - more than anything else - I like to live in the present. So, I don't plan or think much. If I get decent scripts, I make my decisions accordingly. I am normally not an impulsive decision maker," he says.
 
BLAST FROM THE PAST
 
In 2015 too, Ayushmann had back-to-back releases with Hawaizaada followed by Dum Laga Ke Haisha (DLKH). "I think those 27 days - from the release of Hawaizaada to Dum Laga Ke Haisha - were really crazy for me. That was the first time when I thought, 'oh my God, what has happened?' With every film, you give your 100% and you have a belief in the script and the director," says Ayushmann, adding that DLKH's release date was "decided in a hurry".
 
"At that time, there was a vacant window of 2-3 weeks. Thankfully, DLKH released and did decent business. This time too, I was in a similar situation but things are very different this time as both the films have done well. So, I guess every Friday, the game changes in the industry," says the actor, adding that it's a "volatile industry" but at the same time, it's a "very evolving" one too. "I am fortunate that I am part of this evolution and am an actor in this era when 'different scripts' or 'content' has actually become the king," he says.