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When director asked me to show my ‘tool’, Ayushmann Khurrana on casting couch

Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has received applauds for his outstanding performances in films he did in the past couple of years. His journey, however, to reach this fame was not easy and he was even asked to ‘compromise’ for getting a role.

Speaking to leading entertainment website Pinkvilla, Ayushmann recalls probably the worst experience he had while searching for roles in films. He 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.”

Ayushmaan rose to fame from his debut film ‘Vicky Donor’. His unconventional films like Andhadhun, Badhai Ho, Shubh Mangal Savdhaan, Dream Girl and many more, made him an actor par excellence and very soon he became a household name.

Ayushmaan also described how difficult it was to reach here as he said, “Initially, there used to be auditions where they would take your solo test. Then suddenly, the number started increasing and there would be 50 people in the same room. When I protested, they asked me to leave. So I have faced rejections. Also, I’m well equipped to handle failure now because of the failures I saw at the very beginning of my career. Had I never witnessed the lows, I don’t think I would be able to handle it if it came now. Everything changes every Friday. I have just been lucky to have a few great Fridays in the last two-three years.”

As truly said, ‘there are hurdles behind success’ and Ayushmaan’s story is no different. We wish him good luck for all such films in the future.

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