Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana entered Bollywood seven years ago – and that is the number of back-to-back hits he has made over the past two years with Bala, his new release, becoming the latest chapter in his success story.
Together with Bala, Ayushmann registered his career on the best opening day with Rs 10.15 crore on Friday, surpassing the collection of Rs 10.05 crore one day from his last release, Dream Girl. Incidentally, Bala is the 13th film in Bollywood since he started with Vicky Donor in 2012 and, in a possible scenario that the film will see profits, Ayushmann will have a nine hit track record of 13 releases that are worthy of emulation. For an actor who began to be identified as a master of offbeat roles and an unconventional film poster maker, Ayushmann has emerged as Bollywood's most unconventional hit machine.
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Ayushmann Khurrana, accompanied by Director Amar Kaushik and producer Dinesh Vijan, spoke during the Bala promotion.
When the actor entered the Hindi film with Vicky Donor Shoojit Sircar in 2012, he immediately won hearts with the charm and presence of his smart screen. The film, which presents a mild taboo about the taboo attached to sperm donations and artificial insemination, is said to be made with a budget of Rs 5 crore. He proceeded to get Rs 65 crore.
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Vicky Donor made Ayushmann a household name, a multiplex hero with the charm of the man next to him. However, what happened next was something he had not prepared. Films such as Nautanki Saala!, Bewakoofiyaan, Hawaizaada and Meri Pyaari Bindu appeared below expectations, and the only bright spot in the initial phase was the unusual Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
Ayushmann, with a mix of good looks, abundant acting skills, and singing talent, is not the type of actor you have mastered for a long time. The actor who begins his journey on the small screen immediately understands that, with changing times and tastes, the trick of victory lies in being part of the story of flaws and imperfections, and in the essays of men who have problems to fight for.
He likes the thrill of taking risks with such a role, he tells you, and, if anything, giving a back-to-back hit only increases that sensation. "I don't feel afraid like that but I think when you give success films in succession, your film producers feel confident their films will get a better opening at the box-office that I show in them. I think after becoming part of a successful film, you become bolder and more confident because you know that your past choices have been proven right. You tend to take more risks, "Ayushmann said when interacting with the media recently.
Over the past two years, he has achieved gold with experimental subjects such as Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), Andha Dhun (2018), Badhaai Ho (2018), Article 15 (2019), Dream Girl (2019)) and now Bala. If he won the heart of innocent Chirag Dubey by offering the tastes of the small Indian town of Bareilly Ki Barfi, Ayushmann opened a dialogue about erectile dysfunction with Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.
He continued his golden step by concocting a blind hero in Sriram Raghavan's unique thriller Andha Dhun, and showed the condition of an older son who was frustrated by his elderly mother's pregnancy at Badhaai Ho. He went for a police avatar to fight discrimination in Article 15 and took entertaining pictures on Dream Girl, while highlighting the problem of loneliness. All of these stories are bound together with Ayushmann's eternal charisma and passion.
Speaking of numbers, Bareilly Ki Barfi, made with an estimated budget of Rs 20 crore, gained more than Rs 18 crore in the first week of release in August 2017 while Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, made with a small budget, doing domestic business for a lifetime of Rs 41.9 crore when it opened in September of the same year.
Together with Andha Dhun, Ayushmann went global because the film not only asked questions at the domestic box-office but also the international market. The film, also featuring Tabu and Radhika Apte, opened for a warm welcome in India in October last year and produced more than Rs 95.63 crore. The film grossed more than Rs 300 crore in China after the release of April this year. Planned for release in Japan later this month.
Badhaai Ho gave Ayushmann his first Rs 100 crore superhit in India, opened in October last year. Article 15, which opened on June 28 this year, registers a domestic collection of Rs 63.05 for life. "I think I pushed the envelope a little further by choosing other scripts on taboo topics that were not explored in detail. It gives people lots of laughter, but I hope it also teaches people more about love, unconditional love. "It was meant to spark thoughts, spark conversations and I'm happy that Badhaai Ho did all this in a unique way," Ayushmann said of the film.
Ayushmann Khurrana offered prayers during the Meaning Ganga at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.
Dream Girl, released September 2019, is her best-selling film as it is now, having grossed more than Rs 139 crore. In Dream Girl, directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, Ayushmann plays the role of a man with a talent disguised as a female voice.
Now, he wins over box-office games again with Bala, a film about a young man who struggles with premature baldness. According to trade analysts, it's Shubh Mangal Saavdhan's time for Ayushmann. "He got a formula for success where he took taboo or brushed subjects under the carpet, and told these stories neatly and cleanly, flavored with humor. So families can watch their films being entertained even when they give a message, "trade expert Girish Johar told IANS.
According to trade expert Rajesh Thadani, "ordinary people" Ayushmann made him a star. "People think he is an ordinary person or more than the boy next door, and it works for him," Thadani told IANS.
Back-to-back hits come with a few traps. Will there be pressure to continue running gold, choosing the right film with the remaining questions – to continue on the "offbeat" track or not? "Her expectations are very high now. Everyone will have high hopes. He must choose and choose very carefully, "said Thadani.
To this, Johar added: "As a fan, I want him to do something different besides films related to taboo topics, where he can increase his fan base and stay strong at the box office."
Ayushmann's love for offbeat cinema will continue because he will later be seen with the superstar Amitabh Bachchan in Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo, and discuss the issue of homosexuality at Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan.
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