Was asked to 'show my tool' in exchange for a lead role: Ayushmann Khurrana recalls horrid casting couch experience
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Ayushmann Khurrana is known for his distinctive selection of scripts based on social issues and stigmas and has made a name for himself with quirky stories set in small town India.
For the actor, who has cemented his standing in the industry by featuring in middle-of-the-road films such as "Vicky Donor", "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" and "Bareilly Ki Barfi", the B-Town journey has been no cakewalk.
Like many other struggling actors, Ayushmann has also been a victim of casting couch during his initial days.
In an interview to Pinkvilla, the actor said: “A casting director had told me, 'I'll give you the lead role if you showed me your tool.' I told him I'm straight and I politely refused his offer.”
The Bareilly Ki Barfi actor also talked about the rejections he faced and when he got replaced because a renowned actress refused to share screen with him.
The actor has been on a golden run that started with 2017's "Bareilly Ki Barfi" to his last release, "Bala" but there has not been enough time to pause and process.
There are all kinds of movies in Ayushmann Khurrana's varied filmography but the National Award-winning actor now hopes to do an out-and-out action thriller in Rohit Shetty style.
The actor will next be seen with megastar Amitabh Bachchan in "Gulabo Sitabo", which reunites Ayushmann with his "Vicky Donor" director Shoojit Sircar and writer Juhi Chaturvedi.
In an interview to nwws agency PTI, Ayushmann said he is aware that there is a fear of burnout with too many films and hopes to take a break post "Gulabo Sitabo" to recharge.
"There's definitely a thought about not wanting to burnout, hence it's important to re-energise yourself, take a break. I think about that and I'm already on a break right now.
"I know I have to promote 'Gulabo Sitabo' in the coming months and that'll be it. It's important to be excited for your craft, if you won't get a break you won't be excited enough."
Posted By: Abhinav Gupta