Ayushmann Khurrana on winning National Film Award: Today’s honour is a validation of my hard work
Ayushmann Khurrana is on cloud nine. After all, the hard work he has put in over the past few years has bore fruit. He has won the Best Actor Award at the National Film Awards for ‘Andhadhun’. Not only that, his other film ‘Badhaai Ho’ has also won big at the National Film Awards. With both his films doing so well at the National Film Awards, the actor is in the happiest phase of his life for sure. Here’s what he has to say about this huge win:
It’s truly humbling and hugely gratifying to win the coveted National Awards. As an artist, I have always tried to back disruptive content that stands out for its quality content. Today’s honour is a validation of my hard work, my belief system, my journey in movies and my reason to be an actor in the first place. Over and above my personal win, I’m thrilled that both the films that I have done – ‘Andhadhun’ and ‘Badhaai Ho’ have won at the prestigious National Film Awards. It again validates that people of our country want to see cinema that entertains, that they can cherish, discuss and endorse.
‘Andhadhun’ is a path-breaking film and Sriram Raghavan deserves all the accolades for creating a new genre of cinema for Indian audiences to enjoy. I have been truly fortunate to be a part of Sriram Raghvan’s vision and congratulate my director for his genius. As an artiste, ‘Andhadhun’ challenged me and I strongly feel it made me a better actor.
With ‘Badhaai Ho’, again I took up a taboo topic because I believed that people would be ok to see this kind of cinema. I’m glad that a subject like ‘Badhaai Ho’ also won big today and I congratulate my director Amit Sharma for his breakthrough script that became a talking point in every household. It was a pleasure to collaborate with a forward thinking creative mind like him and again disrupt the stereotyped notions of what Hindi cinema should be.
I will continue on this journey to discover and back cinema that truly stands apart and brings people back into the theatres.