National Award connects winner with entire country: Ayushmann Khurrana

  • When Papa called to give the good news he could not speak as he was overcome with emotions
  • There were weak signals where we were shooting so I could talk to Tahira after four hours
  •  It is nice that commercial films are also receiving the national awards, 350 crores have been collected in China and 75 crores in India
  • Help received from Pakistani artists and Kishore Kumar for Dream Girl

Ayushmann Khurrana has received the Best Actor Award for playing the lead role in AndhaDhun. Ayushmann believes that the importance of the National Award is different. This award connects the winner with the whole country. That is why it is called the National Award. Anyway, it is awarded by the President. It is a big deal to get to know him and receive the award from his hands.

Ayushmann is sharing the award with Vicky Kaushal for his film Uri. The actor’s AndhaDhun also won the award for the Best Hindi Film.

Ayushmann’s other film Badhaai Ho also won big at the national awards. The film bagged the title of Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Surekha Sikri won the Best Supporting Actress for Badhaai Ho.

‘I was shooting the day the announcement was made’

Ayushmann says: ‘I was shooting on the day the announcement was made. I knew that announcements were being made. I had placed the phone somewhere when I was in between shots. When I came back after completing the shot, I saw that there were 40 missed calls. I could not understand what happened suddenly. Later, when I called back, I came to know about this good news. Before that, a journalist’s message had come. He was able to know about this even the news broke.’

Ayushmann says Papa made the call to break the good news but he was overwhelmed with emotions. He could not even speak, he said. 

‘We were silent on the phone from both sides. I broke the silence and told Papa to call me after ten minutes. Tahira also became very emotional on the phone. There were weak signals where we were shooting so I could talk with Tahira after four hours. Meanwhile, we kept sending only messages’, Ayushmann says.

‘I am in a different role in Dream Girl

The actor says he is very excited about his upcoming projects. ‘I am in a different role in ‘Dream Girl’. In that, I speak in the voice of girls. My radio jockey days helped to do that. Also, director Raj Shandilya showed me videos of some artists making similar sounds. Also, I observed very minutely how Kishore Kumar ji, sings in feminine voice in some of his songs’, he says.

Ayushmann hailed his Andhadhun director. He says, “Andhadhun is a path-breaking film and Sriram Raghavan deserves all the accolades for creating a new genre of cinema for Indian audiences to enjoy. I have been truly fortunate to be a part of Sriram Raghvan’s vision and congratulate my director for his genius. As an artist, AndhaDhun challenged me and I strongly feel it made me a better actor.”

Raj Shandilya said that he showed some videos of the Comedy Circus days. They belonged to Pakistani artists. They used to speak in the voice of girls.

(Story by Amit Karna)