Bollywood starlet and singer Ayushman Khurrana has been featured in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Of 2020 list.
Colleague and global icon Deepika Padukone has written a short article in the magazine, appreciating Ayushman Khurrana’s talent.
She wrote: “I remember Ayushmann Khurrana vividly from his debut film, Vicky Donor. He had, of course, been a part of the entertainment industry in various other ways for several years before that, but the reason you and I talk about him today is because of the impact he has been able to create through memorable films and iconic characters. Where male protagonist roles often fall into the trap of stereotypical masculinity, Ayushman has successfully and convincingly transformed into characters who challenge those very stereotypes.”
Deepika Padukone also applauded the singer’s courage when it comes to choosing ‘unconventional roles’ and added, “In India, with a population of more than 1.3 billion, only a tiny percentage of people see their dreams come alive, and Ayushmann Khurrana is one of them. You’re probably wondering, How? Talent and hard work. Sure, that goes without saying. But more important, patience, perseverance and fearlessness. A little insight for those who dare to dream.”
Moreover, Ayushman Khurrana said in a statement, “I’m truly humbled with the recognition that TIME has bestowed on me. As an artiste, I have only looked to contribute towards bringing a positive change in society through cinema and this moment is a huge validation of my belief system and my journey. I have always believed that cinema has the power to bring about change by triggering the right conversations among people and society. Hopefully, through my content choices, I have been able to contribute towards my country and countrymen.”
Ayushman made his first Bollywood debut with Shoojit Sircar’s Vicky Donor.
Later, he went on to act in commercially successful films such as Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Andhadhun, Badhaai Ho, Article 15, Dream Girl and Bala.
He was last seen in Amazon Prime’s dramedy Gulabo Sitabo alongside Amitabh Bachchan for the first time.