Ayushmann: I Wore Perfumes And Shaved Every Four Hours
MUMBAI, (IANS) – From wearing ‘ladies’ perfumes’ to playing a song for his entry and shaving after every four hours, actor Ayushmann Khurrana underwent all the challenges to activate his feminine energy for the role of ‘Pooja’ in ‘Dream Girl 2’.
‘Dream Girl 2’ is the sequel to the sleeper hit 2019 comedy-drama ‘Dream Girl’ which starred Ayushmann alongside Nushrratt Bharuccha.
It was a challenging role for Ayushmann considering he constantly had to switch between the two roles of Karan and Pooja, while all along ensuring the punches and comic timing hit the right note.
Ayushmann said in a media interaction, “I also used to play a song for my entry, so that the feminine energy gets activated, and then I can portray it on the big screen. It’s not very easy, but a challenging role,” he shared.
“I used to shoot in 44 degrees in Mathura’s sun, with makeup, hair and ‘assembled’ things, that you can see in the film, is very difficult. After every four hours my beard used to grow, so I had to shave many times. It was not easy,” said the 38-year-old actor.
Further elaborating on the inspiration for the role, Ayushmann said: “I am not the first one to do this. I got inspiration from Govinda sir, Kamal Haasan sir from his ‘Chachi 420’ movie. In every era and generation, actors have done this kind of role. I also got inspiration from the Hollywood flick ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’. I think it’s inspiring to see these actors explore the feminine side and convincingly play female characters. I will try to win the ‘Best Actress’ award this time. This is my aspiration for this year,” he said.
Ayushmann also said that he had tough competition in the form of Ananya Panday.
“She is beautiful and has done a great job in the film, and I am the second heroine. I am the parallel lead. Around 60 percent of the film I am playing Pooja, so that’s double the fun.”
‘Dream Girl 2’ will release on August 25 in theatres.