Ayushmann Khurrana has managed to become a 100-crore actor with few but high quality films to his credit. Similarly, within a short span of time, he has become an artist who has been giving rife competition to his contemporaries in Bollywood. In an interview with a leading portal, Khurrana was asked about where he thinks he currently stands in the Indian film industry, his relationship with his parents and who his true hero is. Speaking about his films like ‘Badhaai Ho’ entering the INR100 crore club, he said, “First and foremost you get respect from the trade. You also receive love from the masses. With ‘Vicky Donor’ and ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, I was adored for my performances. But now the reach has become bigger and so has the respect from the industry.”
He continued, “People take you seriously and you feel empowered as an artist. Your opinion begins to matter.” When asked whether the success of one film raises expectations, Khurrana added, “Even if there’s pressure, I view it as a happy expectation. People expect something out of me. You take on a project relying on your gut feeling. It depends on the audience how they reciprocate. I can only promise that my films will be different. They will have a message and be entertaining at the same time.” However, he does not deny that there is increasing competition in Indian cinema. “There will be newcomers and better films coming in. The idea is to be just consistent and play your own game. Follow your intuition and own your space,” he stated.
Speaking about who his role model is, Khurrana was quick to name his wife and cancer survivor Tahira Kashyap. “She’s my hero. She inspires me the most. The way she dealt with the situation (cancer), no one else could have. It’s easy to be broken in certain circumstances. But she refused to be. I only saw her smile when she was undergoing chemotherapy. The operation was painful. But she was brave. It’s not that she was putting up a brave front but she was genuinely happy.” He mentioned Kashyap taught him to be calm and composed during tough times.
Khurrana expressed great companionship with his father, who is an astrologer. “He’s the best and the worst critic of my performances. He taught me to grasp the audience’s pulse right from childhood,” Khurrana concluded.