‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ showed people want to discuss taboo topics
Mumbai, Sep 1 (IANS) Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has never shied away from appearing in films dealing with taboo subjects. He says the success of his films such as “Vicky Dono” where he played a sperm donor and a man with erectile dysfunction in “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, has restored his belief that Indians want to discuss taboo subjects.
Directed by RS Prasanna, ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ was released four years ago on this day. He was talking about a shy boy named Mudit, who, before his marriage, finds out that he has erectile dysfunction.
Ayushmann said, “I made my Bollywood debut with a bold taboo subject of sperm donation in ‘Vicky Donor’, thanks to Shoojit Da, and it showed me how audiences change and embrace disruptive topics.”
The actor, who is considered the poster child for content cinema, added: “With ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ I came back to this territory with Aanand L. Rai and RS Prasanna. Their genius has been to show with sensitivity a subject like erectile dysfunction and what makes it entertaining and extremely enjoyable for the public to engage. “
It was the success of the films that convinced Ayushmann that audiences wanted to talk about these topics.
“After ‘Vicky Donor’, ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ restored my belief that the Indian people want to openly discuss taboo subjects and tackle them in their own way for the good of society,” he said.
The 36-year-old actor said the film’s success told him to stay the course and try to bring more of these themes out of the closet and make them into mainstream cinema.
“I felt there was a need to have a discussion about these things.”
Ayushmann credits ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ for changing the course of his career.
“‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’ gave me the courage to choose my next films and put all my faith in them,” he said.
The actor feels lucky to have found in this process directors whose creative vision was so original that it blew him away.
“I thank everyone associated with this film for allowing me to become an artist who loves to spark conversations in India. This is exactly what I want to do through my next films like ‘Anek’, ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui ‘and’ Doctor G ‘, “he says.
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