Abhimanyu Dassani: Ayushmann Khurrana encouraged me to join Bollywood

Abhimanyu Dassani made his debut with ‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’ opposite Radhika Madan and won an international debutante award for this movie. He is the first debutant to win an international award. While the actor got appreciated for his role in the movie, he was a bit hurt with the media not highlighting the news about him winning a debutant award at Toronto Film Festival.

The actor recently had a candid chat with ETimes on insta live where he revealed to us that a Bollywood actor inspired him to be an actor. Abhimanyu said, “I worked on ‘Nautanki Saala’ with Ayushmann Khurrana. He practised his lines with me.  One day he said that I was good and why am I not giving acting a shot. The first audition that I ever gave was because of him. He told me that I should go and give an audition. Because of him, I chose to head into this direction.” While Abhimanyu spoke about entering Bollywood because of Ayushmann, there were reports of him to make a debut through Salman Khan.

He said, “Here when a star kid comes, whether he’s gotten through nepotism or non-parental nepotism, he gets the tag of nepotism. Like ‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’, the whole team worked very hard and we were the first Indian film to ever get into Midnight Madness Toronto Film Festival. Toronto Film Festival launched our trailer. The trailer went viral in India. But in the newspaper, the headline was ‘Bhagyashree’s son’. No one wrote that I was the only debutant in history to win this award. It was really unfair when that was done and to be honest, I was hurt.”

The actor will soon be seen with Shilpa Shetty in ‘Nikamma’ which was slated to release this year. However, we might see a change in the release date of the movie following the lockdown in the country.