Ayushmann Khurrana on upcoming release Anek: This is not a 100-crore film, it’s an important film
In a recent chat, Ayushmann Khurrana opened up about doing an important film like Anek as well as his love for Fahadh Faasil and Malayalam cinema.
Ayushmann Khurrana will soon be reuniting with his Article 15 director Anubhav Sinha for Anek. The film which revolves around the country's north-east tensions and people, will see the actor-director touching upon yet another social issue. In a recent chat with ETimes, Ayushmann opened up about doing an important film like Anek as well as his love for Fahadh Faasi and Malayalam cinema.
Speaking about striking a balance at the box office, Ayushmann said, "Dream Girl, Badhaai Ho, and Bala were light-hearted films. An Action Hero is a commercial film. You have to do commercial cinema so that cinema like Anek and Article 15 would find support. You get courage from your commercially successful films to do films like Anek and Article 15. That balance is very important. Of course, you can’t view Anek through a commercial lens. This is not a 100-Crore film. It’s an important film."
When asked what does he love watching, Ayushmann added, "I watch all kinds of cinema. I love watching Malayalam cinema. I am a huge fan of Fahadh Faasil. His films are not commercial per se. He listens to his heart. I listen to Malayalam songs, Bengali songs. So, I think every genre of cinema is important. You need to know more about your country than knowing about world cinema. You need to know the people you are trying to connect with."
Ayushmann added that knowing the pulse of the audience by staying rooted is extremely crucial. He said, "To make successful cinema, you need to know your country better than world cinema. There’s no bigger success than being an audience as well as a creator of your art. That’s what I feel."
Asked if his love for Malayalam cinema is helping him explore opportunities down South or produce-direct a project, Ayushmann revealed he misses his music. "I want to create music. I miss my gigs and writing songs," the actor remarked.
Directed by Anubhav Sinha, Anek is set to release in theatres on 27 May, 2022.