Ever since he made the transition to films, Ayushmann Khurrana is an actor who is known for his easy, breezy kinds of films, some with important social messages. However, for Sriram Raghavan’s ‘Shoot the Piano Player’, the actor is making a change into a more serious kind of cinema.
“This is the first time I’m attempting a role that’s serious and completely different from the characters I’ve played before. Tabu and Radhika are really solid actors and I have extensive onscreen interaction with both of them,” said Khurrana, according to Mumbai Mirror.
Talking about how he goes about choosing the films he does referring to ‘Vicky Donor’ (2012) and 2015’s ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, Khurrana reveals, “Both those films were similarly mounted and revolved around middle class values. I’m not delusional, I know that I have small-medium budget films to my credit. So, I pick films that are high on content. I believe every actor needs to establish themselves in a genre first to break it eventually. Now that I am experimenting with a thriller, the audience will expect a shock value. My role is going to be impactful.”
He continues, “I like to invest time and feel out each genre. I don’t think it’s possible to change your image with every film and it’s even more difficult to get great scripts in each genre. With this thriller, I know Sriram Raghavan will bring out the best in me, because he is nuanced in the genre and is a master storyteller. I’ll have to find an action director who is just as established if I were to switch to the action genre”.
Khurrana’s next film is ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ which will see him reunite with his ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ co-star once again, Bhumi Pednekar. The film releases on 1st September.