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I’ve become numb to both success and failure: Ayushmann

Ayushmann Khurrana plays a scientist in Vibhu Puri's Hawaaizaada, a near-illiterate in Dum Lagake Haisha and also doing Shoojit Sircar's football film. The actor, who chooses his projects carefully, is not unnerved by failures or swayed by success.Excerpts:

 You're playing scientist Shivkar Babuji Talpade in Vibhu Puri's Hawaaizaada?
Yes, that's the one I am shooting right now. It's a very difficult film to make. Though I play a real-life character, there isn't much material to fall back on. I am back to this very difficult film after completing Yash Raj Film's Dum Lagake Haisha. That's done.

That was very quick?
 Yes, we did it in one 60-day schedule. It's actually very interesting that I play a very educated scientist in Hawaaizaada and a near-illiterate in Dum Lagake Haisha. I play a simpleton who belongs to a shakha. It was quite simple for me to play a simpleton since I am a very simple person in real life. And I'm surrounded by very simple people. My grandfather was also a very simple person. I've used his body language .

What other preparations to play simple?
 I was on a vegetarian diet. And I was doing yoga, surya namaskar, etc just like the character. In the film, I get married to an overweight woman who loves me. But I don't love her back. She is educated and intelligent. I am not.

 And you also play a Kumar Sanu fan in Dum Lagake Haisha?
 Yes, that's an idea we introduced into the film since the film is set in the 1990s when Kumar Sanu was a major force in the music charts. My character owns an audio-video shop. It's all very 1990s. So a huge nostalgia trip for all of us who were growing up back then. I was in school during the 1990s. I remember I used to sing the songs of  Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee for my first girlfriend.

Q: You're also doing Shoojit Sircar's football film?
A: Yes that will probably start in January 2015. I also have a three-film deal with Yash Raj. So I have one more film with them to do.IANS
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