Is Ayushmann Khurrana emerging as the dark horse of Bollywood?
What is the definition of success? How do you define success? Success has different meanings and is very subjective. Bollywood, as an industry, has progressed by leaps and bounds in the last 15 years and is really competing at the international level with crisp content and unique scripts. When we talk of young and emerging actors, we constantly think of Varun Dhawan, Tiger Shroff, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sushant Singh Rajput, Arjun Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and so on. But, one name we can no longer ignore is that of Ayushmann Khurrana.
Ayushmann Khurrana is not your typical hero as he was not launched by either Yash Raj or Dharma Productions and also didn’t have any godfather (dig taken at nepotism) to give him a grand opening. Ayushmann’s debut film ‘Vicky Donor’ was not a romantic comedy or action thriller, but it was based on a guy, who earns money via giving away his sperm. There is an old saying which says ‘fortune favours the brave’ and this applies totally to Ayushmann. In a career spanning just over six years, the ’Andhadhun’ star has never played to the gallery and truth to be told, he didn’t have much option either.
When you think of a great actor, first thing you look at is versatility and range of acting, don’t you? And Ayushmann fits the bill perfectly. He had done films based on sperm donation to erectile dysfunction (‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’) to being a husband who is ashamed of his obese wife (‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’). He is now playing the character of a son, who finds that his middle-aged parents are expecting a child in the film ‘Badhaai Ho’.
If you notice one thing, Ayushmann (in majority of his films) has worked with directors who are very new to the industry and this shows his level of security and confidence in his choices as an actor. Ayushmann, in just over a half decade, has played so many layers of character that it would take at least two decades for any commercial actor to replicate the same. Ayushmann Khurrana might not be the member of the much glorified ‘100 crore club’ (only a matter of time), but his strike rate is amazing in terms of great content and delivering hits. His last two films ‘Andhadhun’ and ‘Badhaai Ho’ have already crossed Rs 50 crore and are still going strong.
Ayushmann Khurrana would be the first one to admit that he is not in the league of Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh or the holy trinity of Khans (Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir), but slowly and steadily Ayushmann is climbing up the ladder.
One thing about Ayushmann’s career is that he is always willing to learn and is an honest trier. His career has not remained static or rigid. The next 5-10 years would be very crucial for this singer-actor and going by the current trend, Ayushmann would not sit on his laurels and would work on projects, which are close to his heart irrespective of market pressure. Here’s wishing this star more success and whether he believes it or not, he is emerging as the next dark horse of Bollywood.