The one good thing that has come out of Nautanki Saala experience is Ayushmann's friendship with Kunaal. "He is a terrific guy, and an experience actor. He has been doing theatre for 15 years, so he's my senior. A very down-to-earth guy. You know, I've never experienced any viciousness in the industry. Or in my life. That way I've lived a sheltered life. During my growing-up years in Chandigarh, or even in Mumbai I've never come across nasty people. I've only heard of it but never seen the bad side of the film industry. Of course I was rejected many times over in auditions. But I wouldn't call that rude."
Ayushmann can't stop praising Rishi Kapoor. "He is such a brilliant actor. And not at all self conscious. I rush to check my shots in the monitor. He doesn't."
Ayushmann Khurrana's wife lives in Chandigarh with their 1-year old son Virajer. In Mumbai, the actor misses them acutely even as his post-debut film fetches him a fresh crop of accolades. "I do wish my wife Tahira and my son were here with me in Mumbai. But she is doing her Ph.d in our home town Chandigarh. I don't get to see my son much. The past year has been the busiest time of my life. It's gone in a whirr," sighs Ayushmann.
Ayushmann was thrilled to get his wife's approval for his performance in Nautanki Saala. "She's my most honest critic. I constantly try to get a compliment out of her when we're together. I was thrilled when she saw Nautanki Saala and said I've improved as an actor."