Diversity is our biggest strength, says ‘Anek’ actor Ayushmann Khurrana in Kolkata

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Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana is known for playing diverse roles. In Anubhav Sinha’s Anek, the National Award-winning actor will be seen as undercover cop, Joshua. In Kolkata to promote the film, Ayushmann Khurrana says Anek is “probably the first mainstream film on North East.”

“We have made films on the North-East in the past but probably this is the first mainstream one on this subject. At the same time, this is the first film where there is a correct representation. For example, Andrea Kevichusa is not just a character but the female lead in the film. In fact, the role is at par with mine. This has never happened before. So if it’s coming from the horse’s mouth like people who have suffered in the North-East, I think it means a lot. I think the Hindi cinemas have aged with this film because there is a correct representation with 80 percent of the cast coming from the region only. Of course everybody has empathy but if it comes from someone who has suffered, the film holds more weight. If we give a person, who has been the sufferer, the pedestal, it becomes more credible. This is the right way to do a film,” says the Vicky Donor actor.

This is the second time Ayushmann Khurrana has teamed up with Sinha. He was seen as a cop in Sinha’s hardhitting film Article 15. Ayushmann says he is nothing like Joshua. However, he took training for the role. “The first job is to physically prepare oneself. With every film, one will have to change the physicality. I am a different person. I am not like Joshua. I took training for this role. Joshua is like a childhood friend of mine who is in Special Forces. I took inspiration from him,” he says.

Anek, which has been extensively shot in Assam and Meghalaya, talks about uniting the country, says the Dream Girl actor. “There are so many languages and religions in our country. In every 10 km of the country, there is a change in dialect. Diversity is the biggest strength and uniqueness of our nation. I think that binds us together,” Ayushmann says.


Anek also rakes up the Hindi language debate. But Ayushmann Khurrana believes, importance should be given to each and every language of the country. “Probably it’s a default setting that Hindi speakers are more than 50 percent but that doesn’t mean people, who don’t speak in Hindi, should be treated in a certain way. It’s really unfair to ask people, who have never spoken in Hindi since childhood, to be asked to speak in the language all of a sudden. So it really doesn’t matter whether India has a common language or not. I just feel the country’s heart should be one,” says the actor, who has impressed the audience with films like Gulabo Sitabo, Andhadhun, Badhaai Do and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan to name a few.

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