Bringing unorthodox subjects on celluloid, Ayushmann Khurrana realised it was time for him to change gears and experiment by challenging himself as an actor.
In an interview with a agency, Ayushmann talked about why it was essential for him to pick up Sriram Raghavan’s “Aandhadun”.
“It was a deliberate decision to move away from that space of doing slice-of-life films. I believe you don’t have to change yourself with every film, establish yourself in a particular genre and then break the mould. If you are changing with every film then where is the surprise? You will get exhausted as an actor,” he said.
The actor says he realised that this film offered him the perfect opportunity to break away from the image of playing a middle class boy.
“I was ready to do this film as soon as possible. This film would been a game changer for me as I have been doing slice-of-life films and I have established myself in a particular genre successfully. I wanted to break that mould.”
To Ayushmann’s surprise, Raghavan had seen some of his films and liked the kind of work he was doing.
“He told me that I am a good actor but he doesn’t see me in a thriller space. It will be an interesting casting as nobody expects you in my film.
“We shot two scenes. We did certain blind scenes and it was great experience. While I was doing it, he was like let’s discuss dates now. I am a guitarist and he was convinced that I would learn piano as I know the chords, and all.”
Ayushmann, 34, recalled that as a struggler he used to audition for films a lot but once he became an established actor, he stopped doing it.
Releasing on October 5, “Aandhadun” also features Tabu and Radhika Apte in ivotal roles.