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Always Backed Filmmakers Doing Clutter-Breaking Work: Ayushmann Khurrana

"It motivates me to do better work, to scout for better scripts and to be disruptive yet entertaining."

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Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann Khurrana. (Wikimedia Commons)

His choice of off-beat films with dollops of entertainment has led Ayushmann Khurrana career to be on a roll with the success of “Bareilly Ki Barfi”, “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, “Andhadhun” and now “Badhaai Ho” back-to-back.

“Badhaai Ho”, which released on Thursday, collected Rs 7.29 crore on Day 1 at the Indian box office, barring the Madhya Pradesh market where theatres are on strike, according to the film’s makers.

The opening day figure is said to be the biggest in Ayushmann’s career.

“It is an overwhelming and a humbling moment for me as an actor. As an artiste, I have always backed concepts, filmmakers who were doing clutter breaking work. I think I have been lucky enough in my journey to have got the right films and I’m thankful to all my filmmakers for believing in me,” Ayushmann said in a statement.

Ayushmann, in a very short period of time, has become the poster boy of content films that do exceptionally well at the box office.

Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann Khurrana. (Wikimedia Commons)

His acting career began with a film like “Vicky Donor”, which explored the concept of sperm donation in a very convincing and entertaining way. With his recent projects, he has become a poster boy of content-driven films which have fetched good results at the box office.

The actor said: “If a film is not watched and enjoyed and endorsed by audience, it is not a success. So, the rules don’t change even if it’s a content film. Whenever I get a script in my hand, I think from the position of whether I would want to watch this film as an audience.

“I always go with my instinct and my reading of audience. So far and thankfully, more often than not, I have got the right answers. This reward is extremely gratifying for me because it teaches me that I’m choosing the right films.”

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As “Badhaai Ho” — a film about a man whose mother becomes pregnant — is well on its way to become the fourth back-to-back success for Ayushmann, he said: “It is truly rare to receive so much love. As an artiste, you only want to entertain people. So, this appreciation is extremely moving and empowering.

“It motivates me to do better work, to scout for better scripts and to be disruptive yet entertaining.” (IANS)

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I’m Focused Towards Becoming The ‘Best Entertainer’, Says Ranveer Singh

The actor, who married actress Deepika Padukone last year, will next be seen as a street rapper in "Gully Boy", the trailer of which has already set the bar of expectations high from Ranveer

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Ranveer singh Playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati
Ranveer singh Playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati. Instagram

With the success of his two projects “Padmaavat” and “Simmba”, Ranveer Singh has delivered Rs 500 crore nett box office in India within a single year. The actor says he wants to stay away from letting this get to his head, and that he is focussed towards becoming the “best entertainer”.

On his success, Ranveer Singh said in a statement to IANS: “I’m uncomfortable in these scenarios, in these discussions, people discuss money and I start scratching my head. I feel I should protect myself now more than ever before from these sorts of things. I find myself receding because I don’t know where this will take me, whether it will colour my thinking because I have been a certain way.

“So far it has worked for me, and I hope to continue as the same kind of artiste and very committed to protecting that integrity that I have towards my art, craft, and I don’t want to start with making choices that I have to do with anything other than honesty, that will be the death of me.”

Ranveer Singh got married to Deepika Padukone in 2018

He knows the number game and what it means.

But Ranveer said: “I also want to stay away this getting into my head. I want to protect the sanctity of my craft and my love for cinema. I have followed a certain ethos that has brought me to this position and I don’t want to change that and don’t want to get into making choices thinking when we do that film, it seems like a Rs 300 cr prospect.

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“It is not about the numbers for me, it is basically to entertain people, to entertain as many as i can and as much as possible. I keep that purpose of life, i’m an entertainer and I want to be the best entertainer. It’s a single point agenda for me and a personal ambition,” he added.

The actor, who married actress Deepika Padukone last year, will next be seen as a street rapper in “Gully Boy”, the trailer of which has already set the bar of expectations high from Ranveer Singh. (IANS)