Ayushmann started his career as Radio Jockey, then moved to TV hosting and anchoring, later on, he finally turned into a singer, only to bag his leading role in Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Vicky Donor’ in 2012.
There are hardly any Bollywood stars who’ve made it big in the industry without some ‘pushing’ by a Godfather or powerful connections. Only a handful of boys and girls with real talent make can survive the nepotism war and ordeals of the casting couch.
One such name is our very own ‘Master of Off-beat Roles’ – Mr Ayushmann Khurrana. The boy started his career from scratch when he first faced the camera in a reality show and won it. With his good looks and witty behaviour, he landed a radio jockey gig which was good enough back then.
His urge for trying ‘something new’ lead him to anchor TV shows for a while. It was only in the year 2012 that Ayushmann step foot in the glitzy and glamorous Bollywood industry.
Ayushmann’s gullible, cute and boy-next-door look pleased director, Shoojit Sircar just enough to offer him his first lead role in the film ‘Vicky Donor’. The actor played the role of a sperm donor in his debut film and smashed Box-Office records with his convincing looks. The film was way ahead of its time but it was well-received by the audience. ‘Vicky Arora’ from ‘Vicky Donor’ is still Ayushmann most memorable character.
After the super successful ‘Vicky Donor’ came some Box-Office duds from a debutant who, once looked like a promising star. ‘Nautanki Saala’ (2013), ‘Bewakoofiyan’ (2014) and ‘Hawaizaada’ (2015) were Bollywood disasters that barely covered costs.
He didn’t let failure get to him; instead, he came back with a super-touching and thoughtful film named ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ in 2015. Addressing the ‘moti biwi kisi ko nahi chahiye’ issue in India. The film and breather from all of the over-the-top Bollywood films released that year. The simple movie brought home a very big message without all the pomp and show.
The stars didn’t quite agree with him as ‘Meri Pyari Bindu’ with Parineeti Chopra went by unnoticed. However, the year ended with a lot of fireworks as ‘Bareily ki Barfi’ with Kriti Sanon and ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ with Bhumi Pednekar rocked the Box Office. Both the films were odd choices for a regular star but when you think of Ayushmann Khurrana – He seems like the perfect fit for all the off-beat roles in Bollywood.
‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’ is all set to have a sequel in the coming year. The first part addressed the ‘erectile dysfunction’ trauma and the second edition will talk about ‘gay marriage in India’. We have to applaud Ayushmann Khurrana for delivering such powerful public messages in his light humorous style with films that nobody else would dare to touch.
With two major hits in his kitty, ‘Badhai Ho’ and ‘Andhadhun’ made 2018 the biggest year for the ‘Dream Girl’ star. While ‘Andhadhun’ went on to mint 456 crores worldwide, ‘Badhai Ho’ killed it at the Box-Office with 226 crores. The films truly put Ayushmann on the map as he was honoured with the National Film Award 2019 for ‘Andhadhun’.
In 2019 so far, Ayushmann has only delivered stellar performances in ‘Article 15’ and ‘Dream Girl’. The films are based on contrasting stories. ‘Article 15’ is based on the story of a police officer fighting a rape victim’s case while dealing with discrimination in Uttar Pradesh.
On the other hand, ‘Dream Girl’ has tickled some funny bones with Ayushmann Khurrana playing the dream girl of 5 men, including his very own father. The film has already made it to the 100 crore club.
Since then there’s been no looking back for the doting husband of ‘Tahira Kashyap’ who has been battling cancer for a long time. Fathering two children while taking care of his loving wife and managing a demand acting job like, all came crumbling down on Ayushmann’s shoulders.
Ayushmann never let his wife’s ailment affect his career or family. He continued to show up to work with a smiling face even though he was going through hell in real life.
With every setback, he came out stronger.
With every failure, he worked harder.
With every passing day, he made his way into our hearts.
Ayushmann has truly proven that ‘talent is supreme’. There is no god, good luck or faith that can substitute hard work and talent. He’s crawled his way from the dingiest of sets to the A-Lister of Bollywood all by himself. Kudos to the man who reinforces our belief in perseverance.