[VoxSpace Selects] Ayushmann Khurrana – A Study Of The Ultimate Risk Taker of Bollywood

Ayushmann Khurrana – An Underdog Who Made It Large

Ayushmann Khurrana is a name familiar to everyone in the country right now. We are still in the hangover of his movies ‘Andhadhun’ and ‘Badhai Ho’. He is one of the modern day talent powerhouse and a diverse artist, who had an interesting and adventurous journey over the past 16 years.

From Reality Television To The The Reality Of Success – The Big Leap

Ayushmann Khurrana started his career with a reality show on Channel V, back in 2000 and then went on to participate in Roadies, in 2004 and emerged as the winner of that season. After which, he plied his trade in television with hosting a few TV, Reality and Sports shows.

Similar to his career, Ayushmann’s journey at the big screen started with a low-key decision. His debut movie, ‘Vicky Donor’, an unusual story about a sperm donor, released in 2012 to rave reviews. The unconventional role was played with so much conviction that it forced the industry to sit up and take notice of him. Although the movie was made in a small budget, it went on to achieve major commercial and critical success, through which Ayushmann announced his arrival at the bigger level.

Right from the beginning of his career, Ayushmann showed how good he was at adapting real-life quirks, slangs and mannerisms and infuse them into believable portrayals. His transition went seamlessly from being a TV anchor to becoming a lead actor on the big screen. Although he didn’t arrive with a bang per se, he did succeed in creating an impact through his work.

What Worked For Ayushmann Khurrana?

The thing which worked for Ayushmann initially was that he was always perceived as an underdog. If his movie failed, it was expected, but if it succeeded, it was great. Perhaps, this tag helped him grow without any unnecessary baggage. Since ‘Vicky Donor’ he has been climbing up at his own pace without any hurry. More importantly, he has been taking risks without any qualms whatsoever. His next movies, ‘Nautanki Saala’ and ‘Bewakoofiyaan’, received mixed reviews, but Ayushmann was praised for his performance in the movie by film pundits.

At the times when he almost faded away from our memory, he kept coming back with new and unusual movies. He kept reminding us about himself and his work with movies like ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, and ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’. Over the years, he has realized his success mantra which works very well for him was “Content is the King.” He today understands his fan base and loyalty, as he has moulded himself to cater around that. He has struck a nice balance between offbeat content and a commercial story. And that can be seen in his and the country’s biggest movies of this year – ‘Andhadhun’ and ‘Badhai Ho’, which have achieved unprecedented success.

What Didn’t Work For Ayushmann Khurrana?

He has seen failure too, with movies like ‘Bewakoofiyaan’, ‘Hawaizaada’ and ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’. But, that part of the journey was something he embraced, which eventually helped him grow and made him come back stronger and better. Despite that, he never shies away from choosing a unique premise, as he has developed a knack for picking stories which a common person relates to. Over time, he has found his strengths and he smartly plays around with that. Needless to say that he has always taken big risks by choosing unusual content, which can fail miserably, he still chooses to go with his instincts.

Ayushmann And The Evolution Of Mr Versatile

Ayushmann Khurrana is blessed with various talents. He has a beautiful voice and his singing is blessed with a rustic melody and joy. And therefore he has proven time and again with his songs like ‘Pani Da Rang’, ‘Saadi Gali Aaja’, ‘Mitti Di Khushboo’ etc, that he can deliver massive successes in terms of music as well.

In fact, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for ‘Pani Da Rang’, composed by him and his childhood friend, Rochak Kohli. Almost every song he has sung has been received well. Apart from singing, he likes writing poems, quotes and shayaris on social media, which are very deep, meaningful and offer a new perspective towards life.

The Ultimate Risk Taker Of This Generation

Ayushmann Khurrana, an actor, singer, television host and poet, has understood that the higher the risk, higher the reward. As an actor, he takes the risk of trusting in the content and goes with it. He has tasted both extreme failure and a huge success, but that just helped him grow and evolve into a better actor and a person.

Ayushmann has brought freshness to Bollywood, which has been ruled by the big stars and their typical single screen commercial stories over the years. He is one of those actors who contributed majorly in creating a market in Bollywood, wherein, the group of big and elite actors are welcomed. But, the collective of underdogs, talented and risk takers people like himself, Vicky Kaushal, Radhika Apte, Rajkumar Rao etc, are welcome and enjoy success equally and are celebrated on par. More power to Ayushmann then..!!