Generally seeking entry into Bollywood is a regarded as daunting task due to the dominance of stars kids hogging limelight. While the ‘outsiders’ without the so-called ‘Godfather’ stand in long queue waiting with bated breath to get an opportunity.
However contrast to the popular opinion Ayushmann Khurrana, celebrated Indian television anchor, film actor and singer, who rose to fame with Shoojit Sircar's romantic comedy VICKY DONOR and is awaiting the release of his forthcoming film, HAWAIZAADA believes that the Bollywood gives a fair chance to 'outsiders' to prove themselves.
In an interview Ayushmann Khurrana said, “The film industry has a lot of acceptance towards the outsiders. It's open to outsiders, who are getting a fair chance to prove themselves. At the end of the day, it's your talent that works for you.”
After seriously thinking Ayushmann Khurrana’s statement holds sense because Bollywood has always rewarded actors with talent. In the early 70’s when there was a hoard of actors churning out from the FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) Bollywood accepted actors with talent with open hands, ignoring their looks and background. It was sheer talent that mattered.
Thus actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Danny, Shatrughan Sinha, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Mithun Chakraborty etc. were able to make their presence despite lacking the essential ‘Chocolate Looks’.
In addition popular directors like Subhash Ghai, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, David Dhawan and Sanjay Lila Bansali etc were too given break and they proved their distinction.
Interestingly the director of HAWAIZAADA, Vibhu Puri is also an alumnus of FTII. Hence Ayushmann Khurrana has suggested Vibhu to host a screening of the film for the institute and take their reaction.
HAWAIZAADA depicts the novel tale of Shivkar Talpade, an Indian scholar, who flew the first ever unmanned plane eight years before the Wright Brothers!
The movie has been granted Tax Free status in Uttar Pardesh for exploring the unsung Indian scholar.