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Ayushmann Khurrana on addressing homosexuality in ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’

Known for portraying a variety of characters in his movies, Ayushmann Khurrana, whose next film ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ is based on homosexuality.

He said he has prepared for each of his diverse roles by looking at the social environment, his exposure to Hindi theatre and also the convent education he received, reports Bollywood Life.

“The idea is to be one with the milieu, get grasp of the colloquial jargon, twangs, and India is a country where every ten kilometres, the dialect changes,” he said. “I am glad that I have done Hindi theatre, Hindi public speaking, though I was convent educated. So that made me quite a linguist. That exposure was quite early in life.”

From playing the role a sperm donor in his debut film ‘Vicky Donor’ (2012), to depicting a man with erectile dysfunction in ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ (2017) or a blind pianist in thriller ‘Andhadhun’ (2018), Khurrana has been hailed as having “cornered the market when it comes to playing flawed, insecure men with confidence issues.”

As for the upcoming ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan,’ Khurrana says he has a lot of friends who are part of the LGBTQ (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers) community. “And it’s a journey. I am learning every minute,” he said.

The 35 year old star gave credit to the audience for receiving well his films themed on progressive subjects. “The choices I am making are going down well with the audience. Audience is also evolving and receiving well these subjects which are progressive. Earlier these used to be for art house cinema stuff. But now these middle of the road cinemas – a great collaboration of content and commerce – are evoking good responses,” he said.

“In parallel or art house cinema we have seen films dealing with homosexuality. But those were the films catering to the converted. The audience watching these films are within the LGBT community already. We want to reach out to people, who are averse to homosexuality. This is the first Hindi mainstream commercial film in India based on homosexuality. We hope it will at least usher in the conversation and have a discussion on LGBTQ,” Khurrana concluded.

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