His debut film has become the year’s biggest surprise success and Ayushmann Vicky Donor Khurrana has just signed a big film to be produced and directed by Rohan Sippy, the man behind Bluffmaster! and Dum Maaro Dum.
“It’s a buddy film and Kunaal Roy Kapoor (the quirky Nitin who does unmentionable things with orange juice in Delhi Belly) is the parallel lead. It’s a funky subject that will not only cater to the youth, I believe that the film will have a good mass connect as well,” Ayushmann told t2 about the untitled project that went on the floors on July 14.
Having done extensive workshops with Kunaal, Ayushmann said; “He is a great guy and I think we’ll share great chemistry!”
The story of the film was narrated to Ayushmann in the same room in which the cast members of Sholay had received their narration four decades ago. “That was a huge high for me… a moment to be filed away in memory.”
The TV host-turned-actor is already working with his hit Vicky Donor team of co-star Yami Gautam and director Shoojit Sircar in Hamara Bajaj, again produced by John Abraham. “Even at the cost of sounding over-confident, I can assure you that Hamara Bajaj will turn out to be yet another gem like Vicky Donor,” said Ayushmann.
And how does he look back on the success of Vicky Donor? “The quirkiness of the subject got the audience to the theatres.... I always knew that the film would be a winner and get critical appreciation and box-office success to a certain extent. But the way it has caught everyone’s fancy is tremendous.”
Though he hasn’t zeroed in on a career roadmap yet, he is clear about taking on different roles. “This year every kind of film has worked — from Kahaani to Vicky Donor to Rowdy Rathore. It’s the best time to be a Bollywood actor!”
The one thing Ayushmann is sure of? Following the success of Paani da from Vicky Donor that he composed and sang, he will sing “at least one number in every film”. “But I would rather be known as an actor who sings and not a singer who acts!”