– By Shivam Bajpai
Seldom comes an actor whose mere presence on screen brings a smile on your face , Ayushmaan Khurrana surely falls in that category . With the intact boyish charm , smile complimented with a dimple and infectious energy ; this Punjabi lad has always managed to grab our eyeballs . Not just his personality but his acting prowess has also played a vital role in making us fall for him , Right from the days of “Vicky Donor” he has always chosen unconventional characters and stood out from the crowd .
Let us take a look at the times we absolutely adored this “Dimple wala Punjabi lad” .
1)When he made us realise that how useful your sperms can be (pun intended) .
The year was 2012 , many star kids (Varun Dhawan , Arjun Kapoor , Alia Bhatt , Siddharth Malhotra) were prepping themselves up for their “Grand” debut . Amidst of all the hustle came the much loved TV host “Ayushmaan Khurrana” with his small budget (5 crore) unconventional comedy Vicky Donor . When the trailer was released it left many people in shock as it was a film that dealt with the topic of “sperm donation” and everyone was uncertain about the fate of the film considering the likes of Hindi film industry but the film opened to rave reviews and in no time Ayushmaan Khurrana became the next big thing of . The film which was made on a shoestring budget collected a huge 65 crore at the box office and made Ayushmaan won a filmfare award . Paani da Rang became a huge hit and people still cannot get enough of it .
2). When he tried his hands at modern comedy and left us in splits .
The year was 2013 when Ayushmaan Khurrana decided to try his hands at an out and out comedy film and he came up with Rohan Sippy’s Nautanki Sala , a comedy drama that was not slapstick (what most of the Indian films try) but modern in its approach. The music of the film became a rage with songs like “Mann mera” and “Sadi Galli” getting etched in music lovers’ library . The film was a hit and Ayushmaan Khurrana was praised for his nuanced performance .
3).When he made us understand the definition of “True love” and “Beauty” .
In 2015 , Ayushmaan joined hands with Yash raj films to give us a rom-com we all have been craving for , Dum laga ke Haisha . Set in the romantic 90’s and in the heartland of rustic and raw Haridwar , this one was a heart warming tale about a man who gets heartbroken at the fact that he got married to a girl who is overweight . How his perception about beauty and love changes to accept his wife as she is forms the crux of the film . The film was widely appreciated for its indigenous treatment and situational comedy that made us laugh our heart out . Ayushmaan Khurrana perfectly displayed the emotions of a man fighting with his inner self and won our hearts once again , his chemistry with newcomer Bhumi Pednekar was loved by all .
4). When he turned rowdy and made us swoon .
Recently , Barielly ki Barfii turned out to be a sleeper hit ; everyone was surprised with the kind of performance it showed at the box offiice . Where biggies like A Gentleman tanked , this film easily recovered its budget and gained profits for the distributors as well . While the story did play a vital role in creating moolah for the film , it was also the effect of strong performances which helped the film grow . Ayushmaan Khurrana turned a UP wala chichora and played his character off the gallery , his chemistry with the multi talented Rajkumar Rao was much appreciated.While he managed to provide us a chuckle or two it was his break down scenes in the film that made us witness the actor with utmost intensity behind those cute looks .
5). When he tried to “Stand up” for love (well , quite literally) .
The second consecutive release for Ayushmaan was the laugh riot “Shubh Mangal Saawdhan” which dealt with yet another unconventional topic of erectile dysfunction . Considering the reserved society we live in , it was a big risk for him to make a film on such a topic . But looking at the performance of the film we can surely say that he did the right thing . Critics and audiences were all praise for Ayushman’s portrayl of a disturbed middle class lad who faced a lot of flak because of his “Gent’s problem” .
We finally have an actor who does not shy away from choosing topics which are less talked about , actor who has both – the class and the mass appeal , he entertains and educates in the right proportion .
SO , AYUSHMAAN “UNCONVENTIONAL” KHURRANA , PLEASE KEEP ENTERTAINING US .