Director Sriram Raghavan’s AndhaDhun bagged the prestigious National Film Award for Best Hindi Film. The film, featuring Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Radhika Apte and Anil Dhawan in lead roles.
Speaking to mid-day, Ayushmaan said that he feels assured that his journey in movies and his reason to be an actor in the first place have all been right. He said, “When I entered the industry, seven years my choice of films were considered off beat. Today’s win is gratifying and it makes me braver as an artist I have always tried to back disruptive content that stands out for its quality. This is a validation of my belief system that I am doing something right. I feel assured that my journey in movies and my reason to be an actor in the first place have all been right. I have never questioned my ability to identify with the script. Most people think audiences will like it, even if you don’t. But you have to be the audience, to begin with. Parameters and assumptions about an audience is shifting. The public mindset is shifting so if you are the public, it becomes easier to gauge.
It again validates that people of our country want to see cinema that entertains, that they can cherish, discuss and endorse. AndhaDhun is a path-breaking film and Sriram Raghavan deserves all the accolades for creating a new genre of cinema for Indian audiences to enjoy. He has made me a better actor.
Bollywood has no set yardsticks and guidelines anymore which is why the divide between what is liked and what works is easing out.
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