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archana subramanian
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interview It has been a long journey for Ayushmann Khurrana of Vicky Donor fame to realise his big screen dream

From being a contestant in a popular reality show, Roadies, he went on to become a television anchor and a VJ. But it’s his role in Vicky Donor that helped Ayushmann Khurrana court success in a big way.

A small-town boy moving to a big town is not something unheard of. But what makes this story special is Ayushmann knew exactly what he wanted, right from age 4. Nothing deterred him from pursuing his passions with zeal. Acting in plays while in school to becoming part of Roadies Season 2 and anchoring shows, he made sure his wait would be fruitful. Ayushmann is now busy wrapping up Rohan Sippy's yet-to-be-titled film, and his third film to be produced by Kunal Kohli goes on floor in October. The actor talks about his career, looks and more in a telephonic interview.

Your career is booming....

Yeah, feels great. I have always wanted to be an actor. Even in school I always took part in extra-curricular activities. I was actively involved in theatre. I vividly remember the first play I did in school — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It’s not a success story that just began; it has been a long process and I'm elated.

Has the critically acclaimed Vicky Donor made you set your sights on the awards? Which one would you eye the most next year?

Right now, all I'm looking at are good scripts and projects. 2012 has seen a number of newcomers and there is a lot of competition. Having said that, who says no to fame or awards? Being nominated for the GIMA awards for best debut singer has been a prized moment. But like anyone else, the most sought after award would be the Filmfare.

You have a boy-next-door look — do you consider it an advantage or does it give you a complex?

Since I come from a theatre background I don’t bother much about how I look. . Looks only complement my acting which is important at the end of the day. Ít’s certainly an advantage to be able to relate to the audience.

What’s the criterion to sign films? Do you consider their box office potential?

One can't predict a film’s future. As a newcomer, you cannot gauge success and there's no foolproof formula. For me, a script should be quirky; the subject should be the star. Run-of-the-mill stories won’t work and I don't want to fall into the rut.

Vjing to acting, you have been around for a while now...Where do you see Hindi movies heading in the years to come.

Hindi Cinema has evolved and this era has probably seen every genre come alive. Commercial cinema to youth-oriented films to parallel cinema, every genre is doing well. And since there are blockbusters every now and then, one can safely assume that even experiments will pay off.

What kind of movies do you prefer to watch in a theatre?

I love song and dance. I can watch any film and I do watch films all the time. The only thing that would dictate what I'm going to watch on a particular day would be my mood.

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