COVER STORY : Aparshakti Khurana on Altering Lanes with versatile roles


Aparshakti Khurana has made a reputation for himself doing comedian roles. Like his brother Ayushmann Khurrana, he too has been a part of radio and theatre earlier than setting foot within the movie business. Now, he’s all set to disclose a darker, grey-shaded avatar of himself within the forthcoming thriller Dhokha: Spherical D Nook. He’s been paired with Khushalii Kumar within the movie and R Madhavan too performs an essential position in it. Aparshakti seems to be as much as his brother and says beneath the stardom, they each are nonetheless the identical individuals who discover pleasure in slurping masala tea as Dilip Kumar or Dev Anand songs play within the background. Excerpts from a candid interview with the gifted actor. 

Inform us about Dhokha: Spherical D Nook. What struck you essentially the most concerning the script, and what aspect of your self did you discover by means of this position?

I’ve been desirous to do one thing detrimental for a very long time. This was my probability, and I seized it as quickly as I heard the script and the narration ended. The capturing started nearly instantly. We’re already receiving optimistic suggestions. After two comedic roles in a row, it was a deal with to play a severe, darker, and extra intense position. I’m doing the Kashmiri dialect for the primary time, and for the primary time ever, I’m on display with quick hair.

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You appear to be happy concerning the new hair-do…

My father would by no means enable us to put on our hair quick. We used to get an excellent beating when it was lower too quick. He desired that our hair seem like Dilip Kumar’s. Consequently, we had no alternative to experiment with a brief haircut, both on or off-screen. This was my first alternative, and I’ve grown to love myself on this new avatar.

What was it like working together with your co-star, Khushalii Kumar?

It’s a pleasure to have her on set daily and collaborate together with her. Khushalii is somebody I’ve recognized for a very long time. She used to return utterly ready with all of her homework, which was unbelievable given how severe the movie was. I feel she seems to be pretty within the movie as nicely. Her persona has many aspects. She started her profession as a clothier and is aware of the whole lot there may be to find out about it. Moreover, as a result of she was born and raised in a musical household, she has had sufficient publicity to foretell what is going to succeed and what is going to fail. She can also be a wonderful dancer, making her a whole package deal.

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After doing comedic roles in Pati, Patni, Aur Woh, Stree, and Dangal, what made you all of a sudden determine to be a part of an intense movie like Dhokha…?

Individuals often settle for you in a selected area in succession, and you then turn out to be typecast in that, to the purpose the place you’re barred from portraying roles in different genres. Even when others are unwilling to think about it, you may have the ability to do the alternative. Once I was within the theatre, all of my administrators used to solid me in darkish roles. I used to request that they struggle me out for comedy, but it surely was all in useless due to my intense eyes. They didn’t suppose I may ever seem like a comic. Then once I graduated to movies, it so occurred that my debut movie Dangal I had a comedy position to play and it was adopted by two comedies in a row. Bhushan Kumarji and Kookie Gulati (director) Sir gave me this new and difficult position to play one fantastic day and I instantly stated sure because it supplied selection.

Are you making a deliberate try to interrupt away from the forms of roles you had beforehand performed with this movie?

I’ll say 50/50. It’s not one thing I went all out for. I used to be making each effort to grab these alternatives. Nevertheless, I proceed to do no matter comes my method. On the finish of the day, you’ll be able to’t disrespect your job, particularly when folks settle for you in sure shades of comedy. You may’t additionally disregard how a lot love and respect folks have proven you.

Have your tastes shifted towards taking part in extra severe characters now?

In actuality, I’m solely getting lead roles within the scripts I’m receiving by probability. I consider the fraternity has begun to like and respect me. However it’s not like I’ve any preferences for a selected shade of character or the rest. No matter work comes my method, I settle for it gratefully, whether or not it’s for singing, OTT, or internet hosting. I take pleasure in engaged on tasks which might be each productive and permit me to be taught or do one thing new.

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The previous couple of Hindi movies did poorly on the field workplace, and the vast majority of them have been launched on OTT. Do you’ve gotten any issues concerning the viewers’s response?

No method. Dhoka… is a implausible movie, so I’m assured that folks will take pleasure in this. They need to concentrate. Isn’t the present dangerous section of the movie business a foul section for your entire world? Despite the fact that we’re speaking about movies from the South, solely two or three have been field workplace successes. We should recognise that the viewers is clever. So, I consider we’re nonetheless making good movies; it’s merely a notion that has arisen. That’s just about it.

Was it disappointing that your first movie as a number one man, Helmet was solely accessible on OTT and never in theatres?

No method, no how. Initially, I consider crucial factor is that the work that now we have all carried out reaches the viewers, which is already taking place. Second, the producers who’ve invested 

in me have earned their a refund. I consider the talk between OTT and theatre is unending, however you merely must do good work. The easy truth is that the producers should earn cash, and folks should watch the content material, whatever the medium.

What are your ideas on the internet as a medium?

Each movies and OTT content material are appropriate for private exploration. Solely OTT has fewer restrictions, permitting us to say dialogues that the censor forbids. OTT means that you can categorical your self extra freely. To us, OTT is extra useful as a result of it provides equal time to every character, whereas the movie focuses on and lingers on solely the lead characters.

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The slogan ‘Boycott Bollywood’ may be very well-liked today. What are your ideas in direction of it?

It’s actually heartbreaking. Artistes are a susceptible bunch, burdened by the stress of an unsure life filled with ups and downs that comes with the business by default. I consider we merely must loosen up. I’m referring to most people, who readily reply to trolls and boycotts. I’d advise them to be extra affected person and to make use of their good judgement. Social media content material needs to be strictly monitored. The federal government ought to actually regulate them.

Do you consider that the Hindi movie business is in want of change?

Audiences need good tales, and right now’s writers have wonderful scripts and content material to supply. I consider that writers needs to be recognised and revered in the identical method that administrators, actors, and producers are. I consider we should always pay extra consideration to the writers. The author ought to have the identical standing because the director, actor, and producer.

Inform us about your relationship with Ayushmann Khurrana, your elder brother.

I like and admire him. For a few years, our household adhered to Papa’s rule of touching the toes of the aged for blessings as quickly as we awoke within the morning. We adopted this as much as the date. This, I consider, is among the causes there isn’t any sense of insecurity, competitors, or the rest. And why 

love and respect are current in simply the correct quantity.

How do you react when folks make comparisons between you and Ayushmann?

Such questions come up when you’ve gotten taken somebody’s help in your journey, similar to when you have been launched by a star or when you your self are a star little one. I started my journey with five-minute roles with out searching for help from anybody. In 2019, I additionally launched a track known as Kudiye ni with Neeti Mohan on T-Sequence. Whereas listening to it, I discovered myself questioning if it sounded much like Ayush (Ayushmann) bhaiya’s. We now have loads in frequent. Each single reviewer, nonetheless, acknowledged we’re each completely different. Probably the most encouraging facet was that nobody made any comparisons.

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Did he encourage you to pursue a profession as an actor?

Sure, in fact. I needed to be a cricketer and even captained the Haryana under-19 cricket group, however I ended up learning legislation in Chandigarh for 5 years. I obtained my first job working for senior lawyer Amarjit Singh Chandhok for 3 months earlier than realising I wasn’t lower out for this subject. Luckily, I used to be given the chance to work as a radio jockey. I’ve seen Ayush bhaiya do the whole lot from appearing to singing to radio jockeying to internet hosting. I figured I’d give it a shot as nicely. In any case, rising up in a household the place your mother and father and even grandparents are concerned within the artistic subject influences everybody. Good energies collided, and God was gracious sufficient to permit me to perform these minor objectives in life. Not solely has Ayush bhaiya impressed me, however complete Chandigarh has been an inspiration.

Inform us about Arzoie, your daughter, and your new position as a father.

You will have performed a wide range of roles all through your life, however turning into a father is a brand new problem. I consider it merely introduced quite a lot of happiness, good luck, and optimistic vibes to your entire household. It’s one thing that actually binds us collectively. It’s wonderful to return house and attempt to get everybody collectively for dinner when there’s a brand new member of the household. It’s great to have this new addition to the household, and I couldn’t be extra grateful to have one other woman in my life after my spouse and mom. My spouse and mom have prayed to God for higher issues to occur in my life. I now have a second soul. I consider she might be my cheerleader in terms of motion pictures, and I might be her cheerleader in terms of her training, life, and upbringing. I’ll all the time be her largest cheerleader.

What new parenting abilities did you choose up after turning into a father?

Touchwood, I’d prefer to suppose I’m a really hands-on father. And I attempt to make my 
spouse, Aakriti, as comfy as attainable. After all, a father can not do the whole lot {that a} mom can. Having stated that, I proceed to attempt to fill her footwear by aiding her with minor duties. I used to be by no means a homebody earlier than. I’d name Aakriti out for a experience as quickly as I obtained house on the finish of the day. However now I attempt to end work as shortly as attainable whereas remaining disciplined, after which return house to spend time with Aakriti and Arzoie.

Aakriti is claimed to have helped you loads throughout your salad days…

We used to remain in Delhi once I was filming Dangal. It was her concept for us to relocate to Mumbai. She landed an excellent job in Mumbai and we each relocated right here as she stated it’s going to assist me in increasing my profession. With out her assist, it will have been extraordinarily troublesome to maintain the 

ardour going.

What new issues have you ever not too long ago found about your self?

I’m simply glad I can do internet hosting, singing, music, and appearing all on the similar time, 
to not point out sports activities and play. And as a results of all of this, I found that I’m very joyful to return house and 

spend leisure time with my household. All of this retains me so energetic and upbeat that I wouldn’t ask for something extra from life, not solely this however within the subsequent beginning as nicely, even when it means repeating all of my earlier errors and classes realized, and at last reaching my aim. My goals could appear mundane to others, however they’re merely fulfilling to me. The underside line now’s I’m very joyful. Cross your coronary heart!

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What do you discover pleasing in life and the way do you understand it?

Spending time with household or having a cup of tea with a biscuit can help you in reaching happiness. In the event you intention for the not possible whereas ignoring such candy moments, your pleasure might be fleeting. Happiness will not be present in flashy vehicles or first-class journey. That pleasure is fleeting as a result of it’s going to depart you on the will of 
God. I by no means requested for the not possible or indulged in envy. My little pleasures are fully mine, and nobody can ever take them away from me!

What annoys you and the way do you 
cope with it?

My want to finish ten duties in a 
single day irritates me drastically. I’m extraordinarily energetic.

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Which administrators and actors do you need to collaborate with?

Raju Hirani, Sriram Raghavan, Suresh Triveni, and Zoya Akhtar are my dream administrators. Zoya Akhtar is among the nation’s most gifted filmmakers.

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You’re doing a present known as Jubilee, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. Please inform us about it.

It’s a present concerning the rivalry between two Hindi movie superstars. I’m certainly one of them. It’s a interval piece set within the Forties. I’m extraordinarily happy. I don’t suppose I may have carried out what he made me do if he 

hadn’t been my information! I trusted him and adopted each recommendation he gave me to the most effective of my capacity.


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