Vivek Oberoi and Sharman Joshi were courted for Vicky Donor before it landed with Ayushmann Khurrana, who was struggling for a Bollywood break at that time.
Khurrana has penned his experiences as a struggler in
Cracking the Code. Co-written with wife Tahira Kashyap and
published by Rupa Publications, the book releases today.
In the book, Hawaizaada star recounts that he was
heartbroken when he failed to land a supporting role in Teen
The Bhai. He also missed a chance to play the second lead in
Imran Khan-Sonam Kapoor starrer I Hate Luv Storys.
"Vicky Donor was my ticket to tinsel town. As I have
mentioned before, my work on Just Dance got me noticed by Shoojit
Sircar. I didn't have to audition for this role; the script just
fell into my lap.
"Not that I was their first choice Vivek Oberoi wanted to
produce and act in Vicky Donor, and they had almost signed
him up, but for some reason Ronnie Screwvala, the producer, changed
his mind. The role was then offered to Sharman Joshi, who politely
declined it. That's when the film came to me," Khurrana recounts in
The actor feels he was given the role because the "topic was a
bit edgy, they needed an endearing character".
The Shoojit Sircar's film dealt with the issue of sperm donation
in the movie, which became a sleeper hit. Before Vicky
Donor, Khurrana was bidding his time by doing television shows
as an VJ, anchor and actor.
Though getting rejected for movies was disheartening, he is
happy that he failed in his previous attempts.
"Sometimes you don't get an opportunity as there is a better one
waiting for you. This might sound bookish and idealistic but if
Teen The Bhai or'I Hate Love Stories had
happened, Vicky Donor would have never happened, and this code
wouldn't have been typed out," Khurrana writes.
The actor narrates another incident where he walked out of a
Balaji show as they wanted him to sign a three-year
"Joining the new show was fun but leaving Qayamat was painful;
not for me, but for the producers. I remember the Balaji team kept
pestering me to sign their contract if I wanted my payment of Rs
1.5 lakh, which was due to me. I kept procrastinating," Khurrana
"When I left without signing the contract, I got to know that
Ekta threw a fit and smashed her mobile by hurling it at the
executive producer's face," says the actor.