Ayushmann Khurrana is now called the ‘poster boy of content cinema in India’ for the successful and ‘hatke’ films he’s been a part of. He credits the 2015 sleeper hit Dum Laga Ke Haisha (DLKH) for triggering his journey to stardom with his unique brand of disruptive, clutter-breaking cinema.
He says, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha will always be one of the most memorable films of my career due to various reasons. It bolstered my belief that I was on the right path of selecting films that spark a conversation.”
He adds, “Vicky Donor and then DLKH’s success told me that audiences wanted to have a different experience in the theatre and that, their taste was changing. They wanted to have a different form of engagement at the movies. They wanted to have a conversation, have a debate and take back an uplifting message home.”
Ayushmann believes that DLKH was the watershed moment of his career and he never looked back since then. He says, “I will forever be indebted to Adi sir, Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya for bringing this film to me. Films like DLKH have shaped my positioning as an artiste who wants to walk the road less travelled and constantly experiment with genres and subjects.”
He also said, “Such films have been the voice of my beliefs and sensibilities and have enabled me to write my own destiny in this industry. I never looked back after DLKH and so, it will always be a super special one for my career, for my life.”
On the first anniversary of Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan recently, Ayushmann said, “Taboo topics need to be constantly addressed through our cinema because it can really help to alter the mindset of the people. It takes a lot of time and effort to normalize taboo subjects and bring about constructive changes in society. I’m glad that we tried to contribute towards making the conversation about same-sex relationships in India mainstream through Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. If it has had some impact on the minds of people, then we have done our job.”
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