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Ayushmann Khurrana, known for playing North-Indian roles on-screen, will be seen as a Maharashtrian in upcoming biopic Hawaizaada but he says the film is not a conscious effort on his part to change his image.
The 30-year-old actor, who has been a part of romantic-comedies like Vicky Donor, Nautanki Saala and Bewakoofiyan, is doing a period drama for the first time.
Hawaizaada is based on the life of Indian scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade (played by Ayushmann), who is credited to have constructed India's first unmanned plane.
"It is not a conscious effort to change my image. I have never planned my life. Things happen organically. Director Vibhu Puri met me two years back just after I finished Vicky Donor."
"Hawaizaada is a story of an unsung hero. By default it was an image change for me as so far I have played the quintessential North Indian guy but for the first time I will play a Marathi guy," Ayushmann said.
The film also stars Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Sharda in pivotal roles. The movie is set in Bombay, 1895.
Ayushmann said Hawaizaada was not an easy film because his role required him to change his body language and way of talking.
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