Not puzzling much over the failure of his last release, Meri Pyaari Bindu, actor Ayushmann Khurrana is all psyched up about his next film, Bareilly Ki Barfi. Also starring Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles, the movie has been directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. Before the film enters cinema halls on 18th August, BollywoodMDB Reporter, Mohnish Singh, catches up with the actor at Mehboob Studio for an interview. Read on…Ayushmann Khurrana
Q. Given your current choice of movies, when are you planning to do a serious movie?
A. The next film which I am doing is a serious movie. It’s a movie with Sriram Raghavan. That is a serious film. It’s a thriller.
Q. When a film is set in a small town, especially if it targets a particular section of a region, filmmakers tend to caricaturize things, especially their accent. What is your take on that?
A. I think it all depends on the director and the school of thought he or she is coming from and the kind of cinema he or she is making. In this particular film, we have tried to keep the accent of our characters exactly like the people of Bareilly and people of Lucknow speak. In Dum Laga Ke Haisha, there was a particular way of speaking, too.
In India, after a few kilometers, the twang changes, the accent changes. In this film, we had a language coach, Rohit Chaudhary, who has also acted in the film. He is playing my best friend in the movie. He is the one who took great care of our language and diction while shooting. He is from Uttar Pradesh. He has done theatre in Lucknow. He has been to Bareilly. He has traveled across the entire East and Western UP. So, being caricaturish is not the tone of our film. The level of the film is very commercial. It is a very realistic kind of cinema. The whole plot is interesting. And we believe in realism.
Q. Do you think if a story is set in the heartland of India, it becomes easy for the audience to connect to it?
A. It is a mix of the heartland and probably the class, the middle class. Apart from that, a film like Sairat, for example, was a Marathi film. Many non-Marathi people could still relate to it. I could relate to it. There was the small town romance, the basic rooted romance, which was so strong that people could relate to it. Similarly, Haider was set in Kashmir. So, it was kind of different for the rest of India to see how the language is there and how they portray their culture. So, getting acquainted to a different culture in a rooted manner is very new for the cinema. So they love watching that kind of films.Ayushmann Khurrana
Q. It is the first time that you have got another hero to share the screen space with. What was the reel and real life chemistry like with Rajkummar Rao?
A. This is the first time I am working with a contemporary. But having said that, it’s always fun to work with somebody of your age. In a solo film, if the schedule is of 50