Youth icon and Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana is a thought leader who has been working towards bringing constructive, positive changes in society with his progressive, conversation-starting social entertainers that have had a positive impact towards nation-building in India.
Over the years, he has cemented himself as the poster boy of progressive content cinema that aims at championing inclusivity.
Ayushmann Khurrana has bought about a massive shift in notions as to how Hindi film heroes should be on screen. He chooses to portray them as vulnerable, real, and flawed working-class men who rise up to do something extraordinary with their lives or in their societies.
Showcasing his multifaceted personality at every possible forum, Ayushmann worked as an RJ with Big FM and a VJ with MTV before entering the Hindi film industry. He made a powerful debut on the silver screen in 2012 with a quixotic comedy Vicky Donor, which was based on a taboo-breaking subject. Essaying the role of a sperm donor his performance earned him broad kudos from the film fraternity and won him several accolades including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debutant.
Subsequently, he delivered an enviable list of blockbuster flicks and earned wide recognition for his innate ability to act.
Ayushmann’s performances in Nautanki Saala (2013), Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), and Article 15 (2019) redefined notions of Hindi film heroes and stardom. Badhaai Ho (2018), where he played the role of a Delhi boy embarrassed by his mother’s late pregnancy, gave him his maiden 100-crore blockbuster and his performance in Andhadhun (2018) also garnered him his first National Award, and this is amongst multiple accolades that he earned for the film.
Ayushmann also defied gender stereotypes successfully with the super hit Dream Girl (2019), a unique concept film and Bala(2019), a movie about a young man dealing with a receding hairline, both within the milieu of heartland India reality. He also chose to play a gay leading man which was a first for any mainstream hero in Hindi cinema in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan(2020) and was then seen in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021) essaying the role of a cis-man in the first Bollywood mainstream movie that had a love story with a trans character. The versatile actor also essayed the role of a gynecologist in DoctorG (2022).
He has single-handedly brought to life stories rooted in India's heartland by becoming the go-to star for such films. A top draw for Indian youth across cities, towns and villages, Ayushmann has become the face of many respected brands. Endorsing products that target common people, he endorses brands like ICICI, Kit Kat, Tide, Tecno Mobiles, Titan Eye Plus, Monginis, Godrej Security Solutions amongst others. His exponential growth as a brand ambassador reflects his massive popularity today.
Despite being an outsider, Ayushmann has created an indelible mark as an actor in this competitive industry and greatly evolved as an artiste. His passion for creating music sets him apart from his contemporaries.
Ayushmann has been recognized as a trendsetter and a self-made superstar. He appeared in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list of 2013 and 2019. He was also voted as one of the most influential people of the world by TIME Magazine in 2020 and was subsequently also appointed as UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for their global campaign EVAC (Ending Violence Against Children) in the same year.
He has since then been closely working with UNICEF to advocate for Child Rights. The association with the global organization only grew stronger and this year, in 2023, Ayushmann was appointed as UNICEF’s India National Ambassador.
Films as an Actor: VICKY DONOR (2012), NAUTANKI SAALA (2013), BEWAKOOFIYAAN (2014), HAWAIZAADA (2015), DUM LAGA KE HAISHA (2015), MERI PYAARI BINDU (2017), BAREILLY KI BARFI (2017), SHUBH MANGAL SAVDHAN (2017), ANDHADHUN (2018), BADHAAI HO (2018),
ARTICLE 15 (2019), DREAM GIRL (2019), BALA (2019), SHUBH MANGAL ZYADA SAAVDHAN (2020), GULABO SITABO (2020), CHANDIGARH KARE AASHIQUI (2021), ANEK (2022), DOCTOR G (2022), AN ACTION HERO (2022). HE IS CURRENTLY SHOOTING FOR DREAM GIRL 2.