The sensational siblings ruling the silver screen.
One has a more practical approach towards life, the other is emotional and impulsive. One followed his childhood passion, while the other left his most revered dream in order to be where he is today. These power siblings are two of the most desired actors Bollywood has seen in a while.
Despite being brothers, Ayushmann and Apaarshakti have different philosophies, different opinions and even had different dreams to pursue. But how different, or congruent, are they? Let’s dig a little deeper to find out more about the Khuranna brothers.
Ardors Of The Brothers
Ayushmann and Apaarshakti had different fervors to follow. Where Ayushmann always wanted to be an actor, Apaarshakti wished to make his career as a sportsman. Big brother focused on his passion and continued to do theatres in college while Chhota Bhai captained the Haryana U-19, cricket team.
His athleticism is evident from the fact that he’s won 7 Delhi Half Marathons. According to Ayushmann, Apaarshakti once drove from Delhi to Chandigarh through the night just to be part of a marathon. He ran the marathon without any sleep the previous night and came in second.
Now that’s a sporty guy! Meanwhile, The Bada Bhai had already made his name on TV with Roadies and later becoming an RJ. It seemed that their dreams were quickly becoming their realities.
Following The Footsteps
As Ayushmann became a known and loved face on TV, Apaarshakti got so mesmerized by the Tinseltown, he finally decided to put down the bat and call it quits. He moved to Mumbai to his brother. Ayushmann was heartbroken when he heard that his younger one doesn’t want to play anymore as he didn’t want anything more than seeing his brother in that blue jersey playing for India.
But like any elder brother, he kept his faith in the younger one and insisted Apaarshakti to go back to Delhi and be more involved in theatres and work on his craft. “If you’re made for it, this city will call you itself”, advised the Bada Bro. Apaarshakti heeded the advice and moved back to the capital for a while with Ayushmann continued climbing the steps of success by making a smashing Bollywood debut with Vicky Donor.
Apaarshakti spent a few years in Delhi being an RJ and working with theatre groups when his brother’s prophecy fulfilled. He started out his journey in Bollywood with Saat Uchakkey in 2016. The film didn’t get much attention from the audience but Apaarshakti’s performance got noticed and was praised by critics.
Keeping his chin up and getting inspiration from his elder brother, Apaarshakti didn’t lose hope. And his patience and perseverance got him his breakthrough in Dangal and he made an all expenses paid trip back to Mumbai.
This proved to be one of those rare films in which the supporting character was shown more love by the audience and critics than the lead protagonist. Dangal did become a worldwide hit but Apaarshakti was specially praised for his portrayal of a supportive cousin to the Phogat girls.
2017 was the year of the Khurranas as Ayushmann gave us laugh riots like Bareilly Ki Burfi and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan whereas Apaarshakti brought Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi. Things took a turn for the better for both the brothers as they have given back to back successful movies like Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho(Ayushmann) and Stree, Rajma Chawal and Luka Chuppi (Apaarshakti)
Making The Right Choice
When it comes to choosing their respective characters, Ayushmann claims to be a layman and go through the script as one. “If the script works as a whole, my role would automatically work” he believes. Whereas Apaarshakti, in his own words, loves even the worst of films. Hence, his approach to choosing the right script or role differs from his elder brother.
However, how different their choices may be, the two never seem to disappoint. Where Ayushmann has proven that he can carry a whole film on his shoulders, Apaarshakti has shown us that, if done right, supporting characters can outshine the leads.
On one side, Ayushmann brings in variety with his choice of roles. This is evident with his latest release Article 15 in which he plays a cop hell-bent on bringing justice to those who are wronged, a character which is nothing like he played before.
While on the other side, Apaarshakti, with his portrayal and demeanor of characters local to the backdrop of where the story is based, brings in a certain flavour and relatability for the audience. His personification as the Hero’s best friend usually gets more attention than the lead character himself.
Always committed to the role given to him, no matter how trivial, Apaarshakti, like his Bhaiya looks past the screen time of his character and endeavors on making the film work as a whole. Both of them take up challenging roles and are capable of delivering power-packed performances.
Dropping The Beats
We all love Ayushmann’s voice when goes behind the mic. With Paani Da Rang and Mitti Di Khushboo still being in our playlist, Ayushmann has displayed his talent to us as a gifted singer. So when Apaarshakti brought out his own single Kudiye Ni and it became a chartbuster, we were not surprised.
Apparently, both the bros are god-gifted in multi-talent. Both in front of the camera and in the recording studio, these two are setting fire and who knows, maybe we’ll be fortunate enough to have both of them singing a duet!
What’s On The Cards?
The magic of the Khurranas is not fading anytime soon as the two are busy working on their future projects. Apaarshakti will soon be seen with Siddharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra in Jabariya Jodi and later with Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor in Street Dancer.
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Meanwhile, Ayushmann’s Dream Girl is ready to hit theatres in September this year and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan will be released in 2020. Looking at their track record, the latest Brotherhood in Bollywood is going to rule over the Box Office as well as your hearts so keep your money ready for the tickets.
Though cut from the same cloth, Ayushmann and Apaarshakti have very different personas. Thus each one of them has a different essence of his own. It’s not easy in today’s times to enter the film industry on your own and be able to make something out of yourself.
Ayushmann has seen struggles of his side and has come a long way with his sheer will and perseverance. Apaarshakti on the other hand, could have easily taken the short cut of nepotism and make his brother’s stardom work to his advantage. Instead, he followed his brother’s exact footsteps and carved his own path. Perhaps it would be safe to say that after the Khans, the Khurranas will now reign supreme over Bollywood for years to come