In an era where many of his contemporaries are making their mark in the South Indian film industry, Ayushmann Khurrana is determined not to lag behind. Over the years, several of his acclaimed movies have been adapted into South Indian languages. Notable examples include “Vicky Donor” (2012) being transformed into “Naruda Donoruda” (2016) in Telugu, “Andhadhun” (2018) reimagined as “Maestro” in Telugu and “Bhramam” (both 2021) in Malayalam, “Badhaai Ho” (2018) remade as “Veetla Vishesham” (2022) in Tamil, and “Article 15” (2019) adapted as “Nenjuku Needhi” (2022) in Tamil. Ayushmann, the sole actor of his generation with so many of his works remade in South Indian languages, expressed his joy and sense of validation in an exclusive conversation with News18 Showsha.
He enthusiastically stated, “My aspiration has always been to choose scripts that break the mold and tackle unique and fresh subjects. It’s incredibly validating to see this recognition coming from the South as well. We’ve been reinterpreting their content for ages. So, whenever I visit there, there’s a certain level of respect for me as a proponent of innovative content. Looking back now, I’m proud of my filmography.” However, when asked if he had been approached to act in these adaptations, he chuckled and replied, “No, I haven’t watched them either.”
Ayushmann went on to reveal that he has received offers from the South Indian film industries but is in no hurry to make impulsive decisions. He explained, “There have been discussions, but it needs to excite me at the script level as well. If there’s something exciting, and people are deeply invested in it, then I’ll certainly consider it.”
In the wake of the success of Shah Rukh Khan’s film “Jawan,” director Atlee has become a sought-after filmmaker in the industry. Ayushmann expressed his eagerness to work with Atlee in the future. Additionally, he mentioned another actor on his bucket list, Fahadh Faasil, with whom he hopes to share the screen someday. He humorously remarked, “I would love to collaborate with Atlee or Fahadh Faasil. I know they have completely different sensibilities, but my filmography is also diverse, with movies like ‘Dream Girl’ and ‘Andhadhun’ at opposite ends of the spectrum.”
Speaking about his admiration for Malayalam cinema, Ayushmann shared, “I have a deep appreciation for Malayalam cinema and its simplicity. Their films feel so genuine, almost as if there’s no rush. When you watch them, you become fully immersed in the film’s environment, becoming a part of it. It’s truly fascinating.” When asked if he has a favorite Malayalam film, he enthusiastically responded, “I absolutely adore ‘Kumbalangi Nights’ (2019) and its soundtrack. I wished I could step into that film’s world; it was simply beautiful!”