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(Exclusive) Ayushmann Khurrana: Happy to be the ‘sex education symbol’

Ayushmann Khurrana’s latest film Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, that highlights men’s sexual disorders, has opened to good reviews. The actor tells Karan Bhardwaj that he loves to play realistic characters in his movies

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Ayushmann Khurrana is slowly becoming the poster boy of sex education in cinema. After his successful debut with Vicky Donor that highlighted the subject of sperm donation, his latest movie Shubah Mangal Saavdhan addresses men’s sexual issues like ‘erectile dysfunction’, ‘performance pressure’.  “I am happy to be the sex ‘education’ symbol. When women can talk about gynae problems, why can’t men discuss sexual disorders?” wonders Khurrana adding that his films are mostly realistic that talk about real people with real problems. “My films are about simple characters, their circumstances and challenges. They look funny because we present radical issues in usual settings. Like it is bizarre to have the subject of erectile dysfunction in a typical middle class set up,” he says.

‘BHUMI IS ONE OF A KIND’
Ayushmann Khurrana doesn’t mince words while praising his co-actor Bhumi Pednekar. Bhumi, who’s riding high on the success of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, started off her career opposite Khurrana with an unconventional story Dum Laga Ke Haisha. “I have a good rapport with Bhumi. I think she is the only mainstream leading actress who started her career as a fat women, and then lost her weight. You don’t have any other example of an actress who has gone through such transformation. This shows her commitment,” he says. Though for actors Aamir Khan has already set the benchmark when it comes to on-screen metamorphosis, Khurrana says he won’t shy from a makeover for a good script. “I would love to play a fat guy or adopt any other look,” he says, reminding us that he scored six-pack abs for his stint with Bewakoofiyaan.

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‘DON’T LET FAILURE AFFECT ME’
Though the actor took off on a promising note with Vicky Donor, he suffered a series of flops. With Shubh Mangal Saavdhan opening to good feedback, he hopes to strike back stronger. However, he says he doesn’t get attached with success or failure. “I don’t take failure to my heart or success to the head. The only option to remain sane is by detaching yourself from the film. It’s not easy but in my journey of five years, I am gradually learning how to detach and move on from one film or character to another. One has to maintain balance in life,” he says.

‘I LEARN FROM REAL PEOPLE
Every actor has a unique method to get into the skin of the character. Sometimes, actors are known to cut off from the real world or living their characters for days to present it with perfection on the screen. But Khurrana says he doesn’t believe in ‘locking myself or cutting from the real world’. “My references come from the real world. My life is mostly outside the film industry. I am friends with doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers. These are the people who I observe and take cue from. I believe in living my life, freely and objectively,” he concludes. The actor will next be seen in Sriram Raghavan’s thriller.

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