After making his debut in a rather unconventional (but hugely successful) film like ‘Vicky Donor’, Ayushmann Khurrana continued to make similar choices in his career. For the next three years, his choices did not really work for him but one could see the desire and the eagerness to experiment with different kind of roles. He bounced back with ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ and since then, there has been no looking back for him. Even a film like ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’, which could not set the cash registers ringing, is now a much loved film on satellite, home video and digital.
From a satirical comedy (‘Nautanki Saala!’) to a historical (‘Hawaizaada’) to a small-town romantic drama (‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’) to a film dealing with the issue of erectile dysfunction (‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’), he has worked on a variety of subjects and regardless of the outcome of the film, he has always stood out for his choices. Last year, in particular, was quite an important year for him as he had two releases both of which turned out to be huge earners at the box-office. And, both these films – ‘Badhaai Ho’ and ‘Andhadhun’ – were as different as chalk and cheese.
His new film ‘Article 15’, which hits theatres this weekend, is yet another example of his unconventional choices. Ayushmaan plays a cop in this Anubhav Sinha directed film which talks about caste discrimination in the society and the issues emerging as a result of it. After this, he will be seen in a gay love story (‘Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhaan’), a film about a balding man (‘Bala’), a quirky dramedy (‘Dream Girl’) and a Shoojit Sircar film (‘Gulabo Sitabo’). All these films are starkly different from each other and should give enough opportunities to the actor to push his boundaries as an actor.