Winning the National Award was always on Ayushmann Khurrana’s bucket list, contends the actor, who is “ecstatic” as his wish has been fulfilled with a double dose of delight. At the National Film Awards 2019, after all, not only did Ayushmann win Best Actor for his role in “Andhadhun”, but his other release last year, “Badhaai Ho”, ended up winning the honour for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. “I am feeling ecstatic. Actually, I am still trying to digest this. It was on my bucket list when I came to Mumbai to become an actor,” Ayushmann told.
“The kind of films that I do are about credibility and content. I was actually looking forward to this to happen someday in my life. Actually, when you’re doing a particular film, you don’t do it thinking about an award, but I am glad this happened with ‘Andhadhun’,” he added. Ayushmann Khurrana, who has been impressing all with his unique choice of films that focus primarily on content, informed that his family is overwhelmed after his win. “My father was almost choking on the phone when we spoke, after hearing the news. He was so overwhelmed that he could not talk properly. I feel it was even more overwhelming for him than me. Tahira (the actor’s wife) was also emotional,” said the 34-year-old, who shared his Best Actor trophy with Vicky Kaushal’s performance for “Uri: The Surgical Strike”.
Ayushmann was shooting for an ad-film when the news reached him. “I was shooting for an ad-film and there were people around me. So, it wasn’t exactly a ‘me moment’ for me. I was busy with the shot when suddenly congratulatory messages started pouring in on my phone. I was so shocked to learn that all this has happened — it was all so surreal!. Incidentally, I was shooting with the cinematographer of “Uri” (which won Best Actor and Best Director). So, both of us did a high five and the entire crew started applauding. They arranged for a special celebration for me on the set. It was quite overwhelming,” he recalled.
Ayushmann and Vicky, the two young artistes who have shared the Best Actor award, seem to share a warm respect for each other. The “Andhadhun” actor described the “Uri” star as a “gem of a person”. “Vicky was the first person to call me after getting the news. It was very sweet of him. Even as I got to know of the news, there was a call from Vicky. We virtually hugged each other over the phone! He is such a gem of a person. It was very gracious of him to give me a call,” Ayushmann said. (IANS)