Ayushmann Khurrana is an Indian television anchor, film actor and singer. In 2012, Khurrana made his Bollywood debut in Shoojit Sircar's romantic comedy Vicky Donor, which touched on the topic of sperm donation. Upon release, the film was a critical and commercial success, and Khurrana received positive reviews for his performance.
Early life and education
Ayushmann Khurrana is a native of Chandigarh. He studied at St. John’s High School and DAV College in Chandigarh. He majored in English Literature and has done Masters in Mass Communication from School of Communication Studies, Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has been active in theatre for 5 years. He was the founder member of DAV College’s Aaghaaz and Manchtantra, which are active theatre groups in Chandigarh. He has conceptualized and enacted in street plays and won prizes in national fests like Mood Indigo (IIT Bombay), Oasis (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani) and St. Bedes Simla. He also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwatthama in Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug.
In 2012, he made his Bollywood debut with Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor opposite Yami Gautam. The film marked actor John Abraham's debut as producer. Khurrana played the role of Punjabi boy Vicky Arora who marries a Bengali girl without telling her about his past as a sperm donor. Despite its small budget, the movie became a major commercial success and received critical acclaim. For the film, he also sung a song Pani Da Rang composed by him and his friend Rochak Kohli. Both the movie and song were well received. Khurrana received critical acclaim for his performance. Taran Adarsh notes "Ayushmann is a complete natural, has all the trappings of a fine actor and delivers a super confident performance." Gaurav Malani adds that Khurrana "is so natural that it never seems he's acting but rather gliding through the role. He is a pro at both the comedy and emotional scenes." Khurrana went on to receive many accolades for his performance, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer. in spite of his successful Bollywood debut, Khurrana did not quit television completely, and was seen anchoring the IIFA Awards 2012, People's Choice Awards India 2012 and the Screen Awards 2013.
Khurrana will next be seen in Rohan Sippy's Nautanki Saala co-starring Kunal Roy Kapoor, Evelyn Sharma and Pooja Salvi. Khurrana has sung two songs in this movie, one of which he has composed himself again in collaboration with Rochak Kohli. Nautanki Saala will be released on April 12, 2013.
Khurrana is also set to reunite with his Vicky Donor team, in Hamara Bajaj, in which he will play the role of a struggling actor. He has also been roped in for Yash Raj Films's next untitled project, under the direction of Nupur Asthana; in which he will star opposite Sonam Kapoor.
Khurrana originally hails from Chandigarh and his family is still based there. His father Mr. P Khurrana, is a renowned astrologer and an author on the subject of astrology, while his mother Poonam is a house wife and a qualified M.A. in Hindi. His brother Aparshakti is a Radio Jockey at OYE 104.8 FM in Delhi. The ambiance of literature at home influenced Khurrana as well and he took to writing as a hobby. He also maintains a blog where he writes in Hindi and it has been received very well by his admirers. He is married to his childhood sweetheart Tahira.
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