Ayushmann Khurrana, at the age of 4, saw Dhak Dhak girl Madhuri Dixit on the big screen, and made his mind to become an actor. In 1988, when Tezaab released, the people were waking up with a new star Madhuri Dixit. A sweet girl and middle class family, who never dreamed that she could not make it in Bollywood.
Taking the dream further, a small town boy from Chandigarh has become a Star. But during the rising days, his family did not support him. Even his class teacher said, you can only sing a song and dance else, and cannot do anything. “But in Punjabi households, singing, dancing and acting are referred to as kanjarkhaana, which means all things useless. My Maths teacher used to say, ‘Tu toh sirf naach aur gaa sakta hai, aur kuch nahi kar sakta’. When I told my grandmother that I wanted to act, she slapped me,” Ayushmann said to Hindustan Times. A few years later when he admitted his dreams to his girlfriend Tahira, she laughed at him. But Ayushmann wasn’t giving up so easily,
On his 33rd birthday, we take a look on his journey to Roadies to Bollywood
We first saw him on Roadies Season 2
We first saw Ayushmann in MTV Roadies season 2, when he won the show in 2004. In the show, he not only got noticed for his survival skills but also for his natural screen presence. He said to Indian Express that, “Early exposure, for sure. I started young, it definitely gave me an edge. I was more of a method actor earlier. Even for radio, I’d prep for a show three hours in advance.”
Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann
In 2008, Ayushmann was a video jockey on MTV Wassup. He was wearing a huge glasses, and having big smile on his cute face. He hosted the radio show, ‘Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann’. His melodious voice won many hearts.
Offbeat Bollywood entry
He entered Bollywood with Shoojit Sircar’s film Vicky Donor in 2012. He had already proved himself on small screen show. He made his singing debut with Paani Da, which proved his versatility.
With Nautanki Saala, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Bewakoofiyaan, Hawaaizaada, Meri Pyaari Bindu, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Savdhan, he proved himself as an adaptable actor. He can sing, he can dance and can pull off serious and quirky roles with just as much ease as he could portray fun characters.
Ayushmann is also a writer and has penned lyrics for a lot of songs that he has sung, including Yahin Hoon Main, Mitti Di Khushboo and Saadi Gali Aaja.
His crush and love life
Not just work, Ayushmann is also a doting husband to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Tahira. He admits that Tahira is his biggest critic and we love when we hear him talk about his lady luck like a teenager in love.
Tahira admits that, the both of them had a crush on each other but never admitted it. She said in an interview, “Both of us attended the same Physics tuition class when we were in the 12th standard. It was a batch of around 60 students and when I first met Ayushmann, I thought his name was Abhishek. Both me and my friend had a crush on him, but outwardly ignored him throughout the year. I later discovered that he also had a crush on me.”
Ayushmann once said, “When I got to know that she has a crush on me, I couldn’t believe it. I never ever thought she could feel this way for me. There were so many good looking guys in the class! I was nowhere close to them. Also I didn’t believe in looking around or indulging in mild flirtations. Class over, I would head home. So, when someone told me that Tahira had a crush on me, I was on cloud nine. The girl, who every guy had a crush on, had a crush on me! It seemed impossible but I was damn happy.”
A total charmer, he is witty and an entertainer in the true sense. So Ayushmann we can only say on your birthday, ‘Ayushmann Bhav’!