Actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana finds it disheartening that musicians in India don't get the same treatment as Bollywood actors despite being immensely talented. The 31-year-old Dum Laga Ke Haisha star feels independent music should be encouraged to promote artistes like it happens in the west.
"It's quite sad that actors get the upper edge on musicians. They should get their due and be treated at par with the actors if not above them," said Ayushmann.
"In India, cricket and cinema are the two biggest entities. But I think, times should change and they will change. This change depends on the music scene. Right now, Bollywood is the main career of music in our country. Independent music is still not big. Our films are about song and dance. That's not the case in the west."
Just back from his maiden US tour, Ayushmann says he was surprised to see that people there connected to Bollywood films and music.
"I performed in eight cities. It was maddening. I realised people in the US like Bollywood more than in India. It was good fun overall. This was my first tour in the US and I think Bollywood is the only connection they have with our country," he said.