Updated: Jan 14
Ayushmann Khurrana is going through a purple patch. Period. He is a good actor, no doubt about it, but what sets him apart is the interesting and quirky scripts that see the light of day, all thanks to him.
For me, Ayushmann represents the VC's/Angel Investors while the scripts are the business ideas. A VC must be willing to take risks to get a new product/service in the market and Ayushmann did it with aplomb by giving us Vicky Donor, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan ,Badhai Ho, Article 15, Dream Girl and Bala. These movies dealt with issues that are considered taboo, which no one wants to talk about and which regular stars shy away from bringing to life on screen. Ayushmann never considers himself as a star, only an actor and that's his biggest weapon in the battleground that Bollywood is. And with his choice of films, he's made actually made Bollywood a bit more ballsy.
Then at times a VC should be willing to take a back seat to let others play a more important role and Bareilly Ki Barfi encapsulated that perfectly. Ayushmann was more than willing to let Rajkummar Rao take the driving seat and it did wonders for the movie.
Ayushmann has also had some misses.For VC's too, all investments don’t work out and they too understand that fact. Think Hawaaizaada and Meri Pyaari Bindu. It is part and parcel of the game.
Once VCs make a name for themselves for backing interesting ideas, they can rest assured that more interesting ideas will keep coming their way. And that in fact, is Ayushmann's trump card.
P.S. I don’t care if Bewakoofiyan or the others flopped. I just love watching him on screen and for the great stories he brings to watch.