An established actor, singer, songwriter and television host- Ayushmann Khurrana is one of the very few performers in the industry who has not received his due even after six years of making his debut with Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor. He is a powerhouse of talent and has only excelled with the experimental new concepts, he brings to us.
But 2018 seems to be his year, career-wise. He came with two completely different storylines in less than a month’s gap and the audience completely fell in love with him. AGAIN! Sriram Raghavan's AndhaDhun and Amit Ravindernath Sharma's Badhaai Ho- both the movies have turned out to be silent hits and have gained much appreciation from the critics as well as the audience. While AndhaDhun left us confused about Ayushmann's charade of blindness, the latter is a fun family entertainer revolving around a middle-aged couple, who gets pregnant.
Both the movies have done exceptionally well business at the theatre, post which Khurrana also made his Koffe debut with Raazi fame Vicky Kaushal. Hosted by veteran filmmaker Karan Johar, we know that every year only the current top listers of the industry make their way into Koffee with Karan’s guest list and hence, we now know for sure that Ayushmann is on a definite roll.
However, things were not always so bright for him. As mentioned earlier, he is, indeed, one of the very few performers who has not received his due. This year is a start but the man surely deserves more! We’re all familiar with the many talents he withholds but do we know anything about his past life? His family? I don’t think so.
The Bareilly Ki Barfi star is a growing name, who has miles to go and we don’t want you to miss out on anything which is why if you wish to know everything there is to know about the Paani Da Rang hitmaker, then continue reading!
Hailing from Amritsar, Ayushmann has majored in English Literature and also holds a master's degree in Mass Communication from the School of Communication Studies, Punjab University. He is well experienced in theatre and is the founding member of DAV College's "Aaghaaz" and "Manchtantra", which are still active theatre groups in Chandigarh. His work in theatre are much appreciated and recognised as he won many prizes in nation college festivals including Mood Indigo (IIT Bombay), OASIS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani) and St. Bedes Shimla. He also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwatthama in Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug and was invited to the 2017 Actors' Roundtable hosted by Rajeev Masand.
Before paving his way in Bollywood, Khurrana first came into limelight in 2002; at the age of 17, he appeared at Channel V’s reality show, Popstar and gained recognition for being the youngest contestant on the show. Two years later, he won the second season of reality television show MTV Roadies and tried his hands on anchoring. Ayuhsmann has featured in many MTV shows including MTV Fully Faltoo Movies, Cheque De India and Jaadoo Ek Baar. Apart from all that he has also worked in BIG FM, Delhi as a DJ. He hosted the show Big Chai – Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann and also won the Young Achievers Award in 2007 for the same. Then he decided to turn into a television host with a multiple-talent based reality show India's Got Talent on Colors TV that he co-anchored with Nikhil Chinapa. By the end of that year, Ayushmann was also anchoring the singing reality show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla on STAR Plus. After hosting the second season of MTV Rock On and India's Got Talent on Colors, Khurrana was also a part of the anchoring team of Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League Season 3 on SET Max with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar and Angad Bedi. Followed by anchoring the dance-based reality show Just Dance on STAR Plus.
Ayushmann Khurrana is TAKEN! My heart just broke but I’m happy that he is with the love of his life, Tahira Kashyap, who he met during his tuition days. Sounds like a classic Bollywood story? You bet! Ayushmann and Tahira know each other for the past twelve years and have been happily married for seven years now. Not just that, they are proud parents of two little munchkinds- Virajveer and Varushka. It all began in Chandigarh, during the 12th standard at their Physics tuition class (now that's a way to make Physics interesting!!). "When I first met Ayushmann, I thought his name was Abhishek. Both me and my friend had a crush on him, but outwardly ignored him throughout the year. I later discovered that he also had a crush on me," revealed Tahira about their sweet love story. "There were so many good looking guys in the class! I was nowhere close to them. So, when someone told me that Tahira had a crush on me, I was on cloud nine. The girl, who every guy had a crush on, had a crush on me! It seemed impossible but I was damn happy," Ayushmann said expressing his side of the love story! CUT TO PRESENT; they are happily married and still remain to be very much in love!
The Big Break!
After trying and testing everything there is to do in the entertainment business, Ayushmann geared up for the main league, the big league and hence, came the best movie of all time; Shoojit Sircar’s 2012 mega hit Vicky Donor. Revolving around a rather taboo topic in India, Ayushmann made a grand debut with a family entertainer. Given the title as well as the storyline of the movie, Khurrana proved that he’s not here for the mainstream business. “Unlike some niche actors, Ayushmann hasn’t selected a genre for himself. He is just selecting scripts that are different from mainstream cinema. The fact that his films address real-life issues that we might all face also makes him a favourite because a film on a certain topic often gives the impetus to talk about the issue,” said film trade analyst Atul Mohan about Khurrana's career graph. Talking of his USP, analysts would put their money on Khurrana’s acting skills. “Ayushmann is no Hrithik Roshan or Tiger Shroff, who have great looks or excellent dancing skills. His talent lies in his acting and his guy-next-door look. People pay to watch him because they see reality in his films and can associate with him,” added Mohan.
From Vicky Donor, Hawaizaada, Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Shubh Mangal Savdhan to his recent releases AndhaDhun and Badhaai Ho, Khurrana has always bought something out of the box for the audience. In a recent interview, Ayushmann expressed his desire to work on scripts that do have a reference in Hindi cinema. “I always want to go for scripts that do not have a reference in Hindi cinema. If it is novel and unique, it definitely has a better shelf value. Like 20 years down the line, you will want to watch films like Vicky Donor, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Andhadhun and even Badhaai Ho for that matter. I will like to have that kind of filmography which is normal,” the actor said.
In every way, AYUSHMANN KHURRANA IS THE NEXT SUPERSTAR OF BOLLYWOOD (and not in SRK or Salman Khan way!) This man is here to stay and we cannot be happier about it!