Ayushmann Khurrana has been a poster boy for slice of life films. The actor has delivered huge super-hits with feel-good content cinema like Vicky Donor, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. The versatile actor is now set to explore the thriller genre through Sriram Raghavan’s untitled next in which he plays a blind piano player and show audiences his action avatar.
“Ayushmann will be seen doing gritty, realistic action in this film. He plays a blind piano player who gets caught in the middle of a crisis and he would need to fend for himself and escape the situation. Since he is a blind man, he cannot do illogical action that we see in our movies. It will be extremely real, gritty and believable,” reveals a source.
The informer adds, “Ayushmann has jumped off the first floor of the building without harness and without protection on the ground. There is a technique to pull this off without getting hurt and he practiced it and perfected the shot to a T. There are several chase sequences that Ayushmann will pull off, a couple of very realistic hand-to-hand action sequences. Sriram is clear that it has to be convincing to audiences that a person with disability can pull off these sequences and not come across as macho, stereotyped Bollywood action sequences that are mostly unbelievable. Ayushmann has got a taste of action for the first time and he is loving it.”
When contacted, Ayushmann Khurrana confirms the story saying, “This is the first film in which I’m doing some very realistic action and it has been a great experience for me. I’m loving the rush of doing these sequences. They are extremely real. The highlight has to be me jumping off from the first floor of the building without harness or any protection on the ground. I did the shot in just one take and thankfully I didn’t get hurt! I’m looking forward to pulling off the other action sequences in the film. It’s going to be a good high.”
The movie also stars Tabu and is being co-produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Matchbox Pictures.