With his content-driven films such as Badhaai Ho, AndhaDhun and Article 15 making big bucks at the box office, Ayushmann Khurrana, among other actors, is being hailed for bringing the new wave of change in Hindi cinema. The audience’s growing interest in meaningful films has led to comparisons between the new-age actors and the seniors of Bollywood, the Khans in particular. Many even feel that the current generation is a potential threat to the stardom of the biggies.
Ayushmann, however, feels the comparison is unfair. “We are no threats. It’s just that this is the era where certain kind of films are working. You need to give those 25-30 years to be compared to the Khans or any other senior. This is very unfair. We have just begun, we need to evolve more and work for another 25 years to be compared to them,” the actor told us during an exclusive chat in New Delhi days ahead of the release of his next, Dream Girl.
“They still rule our hearts. They are here for good, I think. They are megastars. We are so accessible. There is no mystery around us because through social media, people know everything about us. If I go out, I don’t think there will be a traffic jam or something but if Khans will go out, I am sure there will be,” Ayushmann added.
In Dream Girl, Ayushmann plays Karam, a small-town boy who can speak in a woman’s voice and makes a vocation out of it. His dual identity leads to hilarious circumstances.
The film, written and directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, stars Nushrat Bharucha opposite Ayushmann. It also features Annu Kapoor, Manjot Singh, Vijay Raaz, Sumona Chakravarti, Abhishek Banerjee and Rajesh Sharma in important roles, among others. It is slated to hit the screens on September 13.