Aparshakti: “Comparisons with Ayushmann don’t bother me”

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When you make your debut in an Aamir Khan film, it is inevitable that you will be noticed. However, when you’re also the brother of a well-established and talented singer-host-actor-entertainer, it’s a different ball game altogether. Aparshakti Khurana was appreciated in his small role in last year’s big hit ‘Dangal’. He was then seen in this year’s ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’.

BizAsiaLive.com caught up with the actor to talk films.

You started your career with one of the biggest hits the Indian film industry has ever seen. How does that feel?
In one word: ‘Blessed’.

What would you say you learnt from Aamir Khan which you will always remember throughout your career?
Not to lose your innocence and simplicity. I have said that on numerous occasions that he is not a star in the head and that’s what I love about him the most. I would want to take home his honestly as well. Honesty towards his craft, his team, his project, his family, his friends, his colleagues and the rest of the world.

Is there a type of cinema you want to stick to or develop with?
Yes! 100%!! I only want to do real characters as that is the only way to better your craft. Being organic is the way forward.

How was Badrinath Ki Dulhania’s experience different to your first?
I was a lot more comfortable in front of the camera plus Varun-Alia and the director Shashank Khaitan eased me out during the readings itself.

Your brother Ayushmann is obviously the epitome of multi-talent. Are there any films he’s been seen in which you would say are his best?
Dum Laga Ke Haisha for sure plus I have never seen a Punjabi playing a Bengali with so much of ease (Meri Pyari Bindu).

How do you deal with comparisons with him?
It’s only obvious that people would draw comparisons through out my career. It doesn’t bother me one bit. He inspires me in various ways each day. He is a mentor and a guide. So being compared to your mentor is not stressful.

What kind of full-fledged role would you like to be seen in?
Sports biopics for sure and may be a hardcore Punjabi film.

What’s next for you in terms of films?
I am currently reading a couple of scripts. We zero down to one in a months time. Inshallah.

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