Ayushmann Khurrana: ‘We Expected the Film to Kick up a Controversy’

Ayushmann Khurrana: ‘We Expected the Film to Kick up a Controversy’

Ayushmann Khurrana on the success of Article 15 and doing relevant films
Ayushmann Khurrana: ‘We Expected the Film to Kick up a Controversy’
Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana is  constantly looking for scripts that challenge him. With Article 15, Anubhav Sinha’s  stunning disturbing exposition  on  the notorious  caste system the  young thinking actor seems to have  arrived at a stage in his career where there  is no turning back. He  laughs, “I guess I am now identified  with a relevant  kind of cinema, and that’s  a place I enjoy occupying. You  see,  when  I started  doing cinema  I  was  not a stranger to socio-political relevance  in  my work. I had done theatre, serious issue-based theatre, before films. So doing cinema like Vicky Donor, Shubh Mangal Savdhan, Badhai Ho and Article 15 was a natural progression from one medium to another.”

Was Ayushmann shocked and surprised by the  strong reactions to  Article 15? “Not really, we expected the film to kick up a controversy. We knew it would ruffle feathers. The caste system is something that has bothered me for a long time. Inequality in society is a subject that cinema has never dealt with fairly. It’s always been hush-hush. Anubhav Sir brought it out into the open,” says Ayushmann.

 He wouldn’t mind doing films with songs and dances in them, though. “I mean, we’ve a long tradition of singing and dancing to express emotions. I am doing a  film Dream Girl where  I play a heterosexual man  who is equally  comfortable in men’s and women’s clothes. It harks back to the  traditional  Ram Leela staged in rural areas. Even today men play both male and female roles in these  performances. A film like this will have music nicely fitting in, even when the subject is authentic and  the  treatment is  rooted to authenticity.”

Ayushamann who is an accomplished in  real life reveals there were  musical plans for  Article 15. “We had recorded songs for Article  15. In fact there was  a romantic track for my  girlfriend in the film (played by Isha Talwar) . But somehow it seemed  to distract.  Anubhav Sir felt  songs  couldn’t fit in. But I don’t think music and realistic cinema are  mutually exclusive. Badhai Ho was  another  very real film of mine. It had singing and dancing.”

 Ayushmann’s  romance with realism will continue in  his forthcoming films. “In Bala I play a young man who goes bald. It can be a terrible  nightmare for someone afflicted with baldness.”

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