Ayushmann Khurrana will soon be seen in an action avatar for his upcoming movie, ‘Anek’. The movie reunites Ayushmann and Anubhav Sinha, who last collaborated on the critically acclaimed ‘Article 15’.
‘Anek’ is set in North East India against the geopolitical background of the region. Ahead of the movie’s release, Ayushmann gave an interview to Prabhat Khabar and said, “(I felt the pain that people from the north-east face) for the first time when I was in college. I must be 19, we had a Manipuri guy who called me Mayang (it means an outsider). I asked him why he does so, and he told me ‘you guys treat us as outsiders, so we will call you outsiders’. Anubhav sir’s yoga teacher is also from Meghalaya and I got to hear many things from him.”
Ayushmann added that one the main things about the region that stands out for him is that it is a woman-centric society. He said, “Unlike the entire world, all the shopkeepers there are women, the men take care of the kids. Even my mom who was a Burmese, used to tell me. North east is way more progressive than the rest of the country and perhaps we can become like them if we connect them with ourselves.”
Ayushmann further added that his mother never faced any discrimination of any kind, probably because she is a half-Punjabi or more likely because she hailed from a well-to-do family. He also added that discrimination is something that happens when one is a student or when one has low financial security.
Besides, Ayushmann, the movie also stars, Andrea Kevichusa, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, and J D Chakravarthy. It is slated to release in cinemas on May 27, 2022.
Recently in an interaction with PTI, Ayushmann spoke about ‘Anek’ and said, “India is a complex country, it is very different from all other nations. We have so many different regions, religions, and communities. We are together because of the feeling of oneness. Our country is very unique, we should celebrate that uniqueness and that uniqueness is diversity and diversity is Anek. There should be a feeling of oneness. That is what an Indian is because we are a mishmash of a lot of cultures and we should celebrate it rather than thinking about dividing.”