With the success of Barielly Ki Barfi (2017) and Shubh Mangal Savdhan (2017), Ayushmann Khurrana has reached a new height in his career. The latest is that he will be seen in a cameo role in Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sullu, releasing on November 17. But the even bigger news is that Ayushmann has replaced Sidharth Malhotra as the lead in a quirky comedy film.
After a dream debut with Karan Johar’s, Student of the Year (2012) along with star kids Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan and apart from Ek Villain (2014) and Kapoor and Sons (2016) , the response for his movies like Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) and Brothers (2015) was dull at the box office.
Even 2016-2017 has been a rough year for Sidharth with two back to back flops- Baar Baar Dekho (2016) opposite Katrina Kaif and A Gentleman (2017) with Jacqueline Fernandez. His latest release Ittefaq opposite Sonakshi Sinha and Akshaye Khanna also got a lukewarm response.
It is shocking that this news comes up when the comedy film was about to go on floors. Owing to Sidharth’s performance at the box office, the makers made a last-minute change and the film went from the Bollywood hunk to the unconventional Khurrana.
An industry expert told the Indian Express, “Over time Ayushmann has acquired an audience base in the genre of comedy and is currently considered a more bankable star than Sidharth by film producers.”
While makers are moving on to a safe bet, does that mean the industry is losing faith in the Student of The Year actor already?
Currently, Sidharth is busy with Neeraj Pandey's 'Aiyaary', opposite actors Manoj Bajpayee and Rakul Preet. And Ayushmann Khurrana is shooting for Sriram Raghvan's 'Shoot the Piano Player', co-starring Tabu and Radhika Apte.