Ayushmann Khurana, India’s poster child for content film, believes street theatre helped shape him into the artist he is today. On World Theatre Day, Ayushmann reflected on his early years. For the uninitiated, the actor worked in serious theatre for five years.
During his undergraduate years, he performed in various plays at Shimla’s Gaiety Theatre. He was also a founding member of the DAV College theatre companies Aaghaaz and Manchtantra, which are still operating in Chandigarh.
In retrospect, the actor stated, “My foray into acting began with street theatre, which gave me a lot of confidence that I could amuse people with my abilities. Street theatre actually laid the groundwork for me to become a brave performer. I grew less scared to take risks, and I’m happy for that since it impacted who I am now.”
The actor said, “To me, theatre can be introspective, critical of society and what we are becoming, as well as a portal to fantasize about a world that does not exist.
Ayushmann Khurana Opens Up On World Theatre Day
I’ve learned so much from theatre because it pushes you to stretch your boundaries in order to amuse and engage people in a more deeper and involved way. I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from performing theatre and attempted to apply it to my on-screen performances and script selection.”
Theatre taught Ayushmann to let go of his inhibitions. “Theatre can be an unlimited form of self-expression,” he explained, “and I recognized back then that if I wanted to become a good artist, I would have to continually push myself to shed my inhibitions and chose plays that challenge my concept of how acting should be.” I have a tremendous deal of respect for theatre and theatrical artists, and whenever possible, I strive to find time to see exceptional performances and plays.”
In 2022, Ayushmann has a terrific slate of projects lined up. He’ll next be featured in Anubhav Sinha’s Anek, Anubhuti Kashyap’s Doctor G, and Aanand L. Rai’s Action Hero, which will be helmed by rookie Anirudh Iyer.