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Ayushmann Khurrana: Don’t need a godfather to make a mark

Ayushmann Khurrana: Don’t need a godfather to make a mark

As recently as 2014, Ayushmann Khurrana recalls receiving a call that would change his trajectory as a musician.

As recently as 2014, Ayushmann Khurrana recalls receiving a call that would change his trajectory as a musician.

In This Image: Ayushmann Khurrana
Arijit Singh was struggling to make it to Dallas, Texas, where his band awaited him for a scheduled performance, and had turned to Khurrana to play proxy. Without the support of his own band, and sans any rehearsal, Khurrana turned up at Dallas to practice with Singh’s band for that evening’s gig. “I saw a crowd of 50,000 members at that football stadium. It gave me goose-bumps. That set of 10 songs rendered over 40 minutes was my first live set. It was the best experience of my life; one that triggered the idea of setting up my own band,” says the actor as he connects with us moments before hopping aboard a flight to San Diego, where he and the band will play a live gig.


Khurrana doesn’t mince words when acknowledging that it was an opportunity afforded to him by his career as an actor. It’s also the reason behind his decision to back those who cannot avail that ticket to fame.

Khurrana doesn't mince words when acknowledging that it was an opportunity afforded to him by his career as an actor. It's also the reason behind his decision to back those who cannot avail that ticket to fame.

In This Image: Ayushmann Khurrana
In association with Facebook, the actor recently announced his music endeavour, Jam Sessions, which aspires to rope in talent from social media for a music project. He isn’t sure what it is, just yet. For now, he’s sailing with the tide. “There’s no dearth of talent on social media. With reality shows concentrating on singers, such musicians don’t get a platform. So, I wanted to create an opportunity that would help us do something together. In this era, you don’t need a godfather. If you’re talented, you will be appreciated.”


His fan base exposes him to a wide array of artistes. But, Khurrana knows that a band is built on camaraderie as much as it is on ability.

His fan base exposes him to a wide array of artistes. But, Khurrana knows that a band is built on camaraderie as much as it is on ability.

In This Image: Ayushmann Khurrana
“I hope we gel together,” he says, adding that he’s yet to see where the aspirants’ skills take him. “Our project will depend on the talent. We will crack a certain genre, or perhaps try a fusion of sorts, if the [talent is diverse]. [Based on the initial samples], we’re edging towards creating something that’s semi-classical-meets-alternative-rock. It will be interesting.”



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