Ayushmann Khurrana who charmed us as the typical Delhi boy in films like 'Vicky Donor' and 'Bewakoofiyaan' is all set to fly high with his next film 'Hawaizaada'. In an exclusive interview with us, Ayushmann discusses 'Hawaizaada', 'Dum Laga Ke Haisa', his love for Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and more. Read onâ€¦
'Hawaizaada' is said to be a film based on true story, so how much is it inspired from true events and how much of it is fictional?
There is no proof as ShivkarTalpade could not patent his discovery. There are many articles saying he made the first airplane ever and it flew in the air for 18 minutes in front of 500 people and Jawaharlal Nehru. We made a film on this person as he went to think out of the box and endeavored something different.
How did you prepare for your role in 'Hawaizaada'?
The research about the plot was done by the director and script writer and my job was to be earthy and real. I had to go back in time and break my body language. This is the first time I didn't play a Delhi Guy so yes it was very challenging for me. I was dying to do a film like this which would test my linguistic skills. Our co-writer helped me with my Marathi dialect. This was a very difficult film to do and it helped me improve my Marathi. I insisted my director to increase the Marathi Language in the film. I got kicked while doing this role.
Do you feel people will be able to connect with Shivkar Talpade, as many don't even know about him?
Since there are not much references available to us, we got a chance to make our own world and I got a chance to play the character the way I understood the sensibilities of the same. There is no pressure on me as I enjoyed being a part of the film and people too can enjoy the story the way it is presented.
Since 'Hawaizaada' is clashing with two other films, do you think your film will find its audience?
Yes of course, I feel everyone from 0 to 100 will connect with the film. We have a U certificate with a run time of 2 hour 15 minutes and I have been promoting this film in schools too.
What makes 'Hawaizaada' your most exciting film till date after 'Vicky Donor'?
This is my most unconventional film after 'Vicky Donor'. I did two conventional films after 'Vicky Donor' which didn't work, but 'Vicky Donor' went on to become a super hit film. I feel this is an era of unconventional films, either you are a super star or your script is a super star. If we look at 2014: 'Queen', 'Haider' and 'PK' were all unconventional films and they went on to become huge hits.
How was your experience working with Vibhu Puri who is debuting with 'Hawaizaada'?
Vibhu is 35 years old and he is the youngest director I have worked with. Potentially he can be one of the best directors of the country; in fact, he is one of the best directors I have worked with! He is a great technician and he is very passionate about film making. I completely believe in him and I feel he could be one of the best directors of the country.
And with Pallavi Sharda,Mithun Chakraborty?
It was great, we have been shooting for this film since one and a half years. She is one of the most intelligent actresses I have worked with. She is a trained Bharat Natyam dancer and she is fabulous in the film. Whereas Mithun Da is concerned, more than acting, I learnt a lot about life from him. He has struggled a lot in his life and from that state he became a superstar so that's a great journey. Every person attached to this project has been an underdog.
Apart from films, tell us one Bollywood actor you admire or are keen to work with?
I love Amitabh Bachchan and admire Shah Rukh Khan. I have always been a Shah Rukh Khan fan.
How has been your journey in Bollywood?
I feel this is the best era for an outsider to come in Bollywood. Everybody is accepting talent right now and that's a good thing. I first became a Radio Jockey and I earned a lot through radio. That's when dad told asked me to try something new. So I got into Television to become a VJ and then suddenly I got into acting and here I am.
Tell us something about your upcoming films..
I am done shooting for 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' and it will release in another 3-4 months. That is a very unusual YRF Film and I am very excited for the movie. You have never seen YRF backing such a film. It is about a guy called Prem Prakash Tiwari. He is married to an overweight girl who is in love with me but I am not at all in love with her. So it is a journey about this guy's story. As far as 'Agra Ka Dabra' is concerned, I start shooting for the film in March. It is about a tourist guide who wants to be an actor. It is my reunion with Shoojit Sircar and John Abraham.