Ayushmann Khurrana is primarily interested in films that “unify people” and “make cinema a community-watching experience.” The Indian poster boy for content cinema, who was named one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World, has a tremendous body of work that includes progressive content films that have gone on to become blockbuster family pleasures.
“Some of the nicest experiences at the movies have been with my entire family,” Ayushmann admits. Family performers hold a special place in my heart since they are stories that appeal to a broad range of audiences. As an artist, I want my style of film to reach and amuse as many people as possible, therefore I choose issues that bring people together, making movies a community-watching experience.”
“There is no greater delight than witnessing a whole theatre full of people laughing, applauding, and feeling every beat of a picture that has been painstakingly constructed to provoke an emotion,” he continues. Such films abound in my body of work, and I’m proud that I’ve attempted to amuse everyone with original and fresh stuff that hasn’t been seen before.”
Anubhav Sinha’s Anek, Doctor G, and Aanand L. Rai’s Action Hero are among Ayushmann’s next projects. With their thought-provoking but entertaining themes, he believes these films will help to draw people back to the theatres.
“My next slate of films will contain cinema that seeks to connect people by telling thought-provoking but wonderfully enjoyable stories that may hopefully appeal to the broadest cross-section of society,” he adds. We want people to come back to the theatres, and I want to be a part of it.”