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Happy Birthday Ayushmann Khurrana: The small town guy who took Bollywood by storm

Happy Birthday Ayushmann Khurrana: The small town guy who took Bollywood by storm
Alfred Francis

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Ayushmann Khurrana debuted on the silver screen as an anchor for MTV and gradually made it to the top of Bollywood as one of the most sought after actors. He made his debut into the film industry with Vicky Donor in 2012. The actor is known for his selective films and courage to take on taboo roles. He has handled roles varying from “boy next door” to a policeman struggling to uphold secular and equalitarian values amidst caste unrest in a village. He is also an excellent singer and has lent his voice for songs in films like Nautanki Saala, Bewakoofiyan and his debut film Vicky Donor. The actor is currently working on his movies like Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, Anek and Doctor G.

On his 37th birthday, OTTplay has hand picked his movies that break stereotypes and myths for your binge-watch pleasure.

1

Dum Laga Ke Haisha

7.9
The movie marks the first collaboration of Ayushmann Khuranna and Bhumi Pednekar. Ayushmann plays Prem Tiwari, an uneducated man who marries an educated but overweight girl Sandhya. Prem is ashamed of his wife and even hesitates to be intimate with her. But he later learns to look beyond the “looks” when he realises that he has fallen in love with her. The movie is also a sharp criticism of body shaming and illiteracy. The movie also marked the debut of Bhumi Pednekar.

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2

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

6.7
In this comedy-drama, Ayushmann boldly takes on the role of Mudit Sharma, a soon to be groom struggling with erectile dysfunction. The mental dilemma of the character is depicted clearly by the actor. Although the movie is a rom-com, Ayushmann’s courage to take on a taboo role of a man forsaking his masculine ego was appreciated by the fans as well as critics. The movie also portrays wonderful chemistry between the actor and Bhumi Pednekar who plays his wife Sugandha Sharma.

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3

Andhadhun

8.4
The movie is considered a masterpiece of Ayushmann Khurrana who plays Akash Sarraf, an excellent pianist who fakes being blind in the movie. Radhika Apte and Tabu make appearances in supporting roles. The movie follows Akash’s misadventures when he accidentally becomes witness to a murder. The movie became a commercial hit and Ayushman’s flawless performance as a fake blind person was highly praised by the critics. The movie was later remade in Tamil and Telugu and are awaiting their releases.

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4

Badhaai Ho

7.6
In this critically acclaimed comedy-drama, Ayushmann plays Nikhil Kaushik, a happy 25-year-old guy whose life is overturned when his mother Priyamvada (Neena Gupta) gets pregnant. The late pregnancy is welcomed with scorns and stifled laughs and Nikhil, as well as the family, have to face 'embarrassment'. The movie narrates how Nikhil comes to love and accept his mother and his family. The movie also won National Film Awards for Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment.

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7.9
The movie saw Ayushmann in his first police role as IPS officer Ayaan Ranjan who is posted in Uttar Pradesh and encounters various forms of caste discrimination. The movie, in itself, is a poignant critic of the gangrapes and extreme caste discrimination that exist in UP. It is based on the 2014 Badaun gang rape allegations and 2016 Una flogging incident. Ayushmann’s performance as a single police officer standing up to the perpetrators of crimes was lauded by the critics as well as the fans.

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6

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

6.2
Ayushmann plays Kartik Singh, a gay man in this spin-off of his 2017 movie. He is paired with Aman Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar), whose family is forcing him to marry a girl. The movie depicts the struggles of Kartik and Aman who have to convince the latter’s conservative family about their homosexual relationship. The movie is a light-hearted romance for liberals while a slap for the conservative homophobic society. The movie gained favourable reviews and the male chemistry of Ayushman and Jitendra was highly praised by the critics.

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