After playing a 'girl' in Dream Girl, Ayushmann Khurrana pushes the envelope even further in his next project, Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan.
He plays a gay character, who not only comes out of the closet but also wants to marry his partner.
The partner in this unabashed gay comedy will be played by internet sensation Jitendra Kumar, whose The Viral Fever has the nation in its grip.
Sources say the gay angle will not be dealt with in an apologetic manner.
“Unlike Onir’s brave My Brother... Nikhil, where no intimacy was shown between the gay partner Sanjay Suri and Purab Kohli in Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan, there will be many intimate moments between Ayushmann and Jitendra. This would be the first gay love story of Indian cinema, where the central relationship will not accentuate the gender of the lovers," a source close to the project tells Subhash K Jha.
Ayushmann is no stranger to unconventional roles and films, especially those that address sexual taboos.
In his debut film Vicky Donor, he played a sperm donor.
In Shubh Mangal Savdhan, Ayushmann’s character suffered from erectile disorder.
In Badhaai Ho, he dealt with his mother’s pregnancy and in Dream Girl, he was a cross-dressing actor impersonating a female phone-sex worker.
When asked what it would be like doing a kissing scene with a male co-star in Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan, Ayushmann had opined it would be no different than kissing a female co-star.