He was intrigued by my knowledge on Dalit literature: Ayushmann Khurrana reveals how Anubhav Sinha casted him for Article 15

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Ayushmann Khurrana is currently gearing up for the release of Anubhav Sinha's directorial venture Article 15. It's his first-time collaboration with the Ra.One and Mulk director. Reportedly inspired from the Badaun rape and murder case, the film is slated to release on June 28. Now ahead of it, Ayushmann recently revealed how he Anubhav over with his knowledge on Dalit literature, which led to his subsequent casting in Article 15. In an interaction with a leading daily, the actor mentioned, "He had called me for a rom-com. I had watched his last film, Mulk, and loved it. It says things in such a different way. So, I told him I wanted to do something like that, and asked him what [scripts] he had. He narrated this one and I was hooked. This is socially relevant, and we've not seen a film based on the caste system that says things as they simply are. He was intrigued by the fact that I read about this issue; about caste system and human scavenging."

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Revealing that Anubhav couldn't see him as a cop because he was too boyish, Ayushmann added, "He said I play vulnerable characters, so I couldn't be seen as a cop. But he also said that it was more important that I could relate to the characters." Incidentally, it was the same case with AndhaDhun as Sriram Raghavan said he couldn't Ayushmann as a blind pianist, but that changed post auditions. When prodded further about his 'first serious film' and how it is devoid of comedy, unlike his previous films, the actor maintained, "It's a social investigative drama. Such projects make you more gutsy as an actor. But it didn't change the way I was on set. We had a lot of fun. I'm not a method actor. I don't take characters back home. One moment I'm someone on camera, and the next I'll be cracking jokes."

After Article 15, Ayushmann had an array of films lined up. While he will be seen as a homosexual character in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan 2, an artiste in Dream Girl, a balding person in Bala, he will also be collaborating for the first time with Amitabh Bachchan in Gulabo Sitabo.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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