We got into conversation with Ayushmann Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar on the eve of their film’s release, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.
What is the mood on the eve of your film’s release?
Ayushmann Khurana: Well, it’s all excitement here! We have worked very hard and now it’s almost like an exam result! We’re waiting very eagerly to know how the public reacts. Luckily, both our films before this did quite well (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Bareilly Ki Barfi) and so, the hangover will hopefully, push people towards this movie. Trailer was also well liked.
Your film is releasing with Baadshaho. Any pressure coming from there?
AK: Well, I think both the films are different in terms of story and so, if both the films are good, they will do well.
How do you feel about your film going through the CBFC completely uncut?
Ayushmann Khurana: I was actually quite proud. But also, there really wasn’t anything to cut, because it’s a very clean film. It’s a film you can watch with your family. Although the topic is uncomfortable, it is a family entertainer.
How different was it working with Akshay Kumar and Ayushmann?
Bhumi Pednekar: Actually, Akshay sir is very grounded and so is Ayushmann. They are humble people and dedicated to the art. So, it wasn’t very different. I was honored to be doing both!
Ayushmann, you’ve become the actor who does different films, films that matter. How do you think it acts in the contemporary film scene?
Ayushmann Khurana: I’m very proud if people think that! But you have to keep reinventing yourself to keep people interested. So I like to choose different films. Like right now, I’m doing a dark, gripping thriller with Shreeram Raghavan. It’s a shift in genre and story. So, I like to try new things constantly.
Now, about the film, do you think it’s going to start a conversation on performance anxiety?
Bhumi Pednekar: Yes, because actually, parents of couples don’t even realize how important this is. They assume a marriage is broken only because of abuse or cheating. But smaller issues like these are also important. We need to start a dialogue on it so that people know that it is okay and go to the correct professional to sort it out.
Tell us more about your characters.
Ayushmann Khurana: My character is Mudit. He’s a sales professional from Gurgaon and he falls hard for Bhumi’s character. They love each other deeply, and suddenly they’re hit with this problem. He’s embarrassed but approaches a lot of people to solve it, and the comedy is in his situation and how helpless he is.
BP: I’m Sughanda, a girl who’s been very sheltered all her life. She wants a lot of drama in her life. She wants boys to chase after her, only because this never happens to her. So, when Mudit does all this for her, she falls for him. When he is affected by his ‘gents problem’, she rallies around for him, and stands by him. It’s just a quirky, different love story.Shubh Mangal Saavdhan releases on 1st September, 2017.