Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana who discussed premature balding in men and the taboo attached to dark-skinned people in India through ‘Bala’ opened up about his intentions on the first anniversary of the film, speaking about social entertainers which are now lovingly called ‘The Ayushmann Khurrana Genre.’
Khurrana said, “When you set out to change perceptions and beliefs, you will need to trigger a dialogue, you will need to start a debate. I have strongly believed that constructive conversation can help us improve society at large. My films have tried to do just that and I’m extremely proud of my body of work.”
The actor said ‘Bala’ was a film that wanted to champion individuality and uniqueness. He said, “With Bala, I wanted to normalise that fact that perfection is a human-made myth and it creates immense discrimination that breaks hearts and families. Through this film I wanted to tell people to love themselves because everyone is special and unique in their own way. I wanted to tell everyone to not fall prey to the stereotyped notions of beauty because that has divided people. I tried to tell people how counterproductive the pursuit of this so-called perfection is and I was happy that audiences showered our film with so much love.”
All praises for his ‘Bala’ director, Amar Kaushik, and his producer, Dinesh Vijan, the Khurrana feels the team was committed to bringing about positive change in society.
He said, “I must credit my director, Amar Kaushik, for his brilliant and sensitive vision to make a truly clutter-breaking content film that was also immensely entertaining at its core because of the inherent social satire. I must also thank my producer Dinesh Vijan, who has shown his penchant to back content that stands out. Bala was a brave film and it wouldn’t have been possible without a strong-willed producer like Dinesh.”
Conscious that he has to use his voice to bring more taboo subjects out in the open to normalise conversations around them, the ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ star feels this will lead to a more progressive society.
Ayushmann said, “Films can be a true mirror to society and through my films, I constantly try to bring focus on matters that need society’s attention. I would like to believe that I can do my bit to normalize issues and ask people to rethink on the preconceived notions about our world. I would want to shatter as many stereotypes as possible and there is a lot of work to be done.”