Before the release of his debut film, he found himself in a sea of controversy – the term ‘designer babies’ upset doctors and actor Ayushmann Khurrana had to clear the air immediately.
“I was wrong in addressing the concept of sperm donation as the means of producing designer babies. I understood later that I was nobody to comment on such a serious topic. I shouldn’t have played with a medical jargon,” says Ayushmann.
After a short stint in theatre, his tryst with television began as an anchor. He’s come a long way since and is basking in the praise that his film has garnered. “I am better off as an actor than an anchor; that’s why I tried my luck in films,” he says. Any apprehensions about starring in a film which revolved around a new subject like sperm donation? “Sperm donation is the need of the hour. Cinema is a reflection of society and I wished to bring out this issue which has always been under wraps,” he answers. In fact, as part of a reality show in 2004, Ayushmann had donated his sperm.
His schedule now is choc-a-bloc. He is also shooting for newly turned producer John Abraham’s next production, Hamara Bajaj, in which he plays a struggling actor. “Indian viewers like underdogs,” he says about his choice of roles. First Vicky Donor, and now this – has John turned into his Godfather? “Not really, John has been a great mentor and we can relate to each other,” Ayushmann says. “John can be a ‘god brother’. He is too young to be a god father,” he quips.
Ayushmann is not one to limit himself to any one thing. He manages to do theatre, music and now acting together. It’s easy for him, he says. “When I was in school, I studied and pursued acting at the same time. I can do that even now,” assures the actor who tied the knot recently. “She is a writer based out of Mumbai,” he tells us about his wife. They were married three years back, but the official paperwork was completed only a few months back. Has he ever fallen for a Bong beauty like his character Vicky in the film? “I am married, yaar. But I still find Bong girls intelligent, pretty and with an opinion of their own,” he smiles.