Salman Khan was a tough taskmaster: Aayush Sharma
“Salman bhai put me on a strict training programme. I trained for some 13 hours a day. It would include gymnastics, action, acting, diction, dance. I trained like this for four years,” says the actor.
Contrary to reports stating that newbie actor Aayush Sharma bagged Loveratri due to his political lineage and familial ties with Salman Khan, sources say that the actor-producer is a hard taskmaster and chooses his protagonists quite carefully and family connections do not come in the way of his decisions.
Commenting on this, Aayush, who is married to Arpita Khan says, “Salman bhai was very certain that he wouldn’t give me a film till the time he didn’t feel that I’m ready to face the camera. When I decided I wanted to seriously pursue a career in films, he told me, ‘Although you were not born into a film family, you will still face the expectations that people have from an actor from a film family’.”
Aayush does not feel reluctant to admit that he obviously lacked the experience and didn’t have the exposure that other actors have, belonging to a family from the industry. Thus, like any other budding actor, Aayush too toiled hard to prepare himself for films. “Salman bhai put me on a strict training programme. I trained for some 13 hours a day. It would include gymnastics, action, acting, diction, dance. I trained like this for four years,” says the actor.
Aayush remarks how all his efforts paid off, “So, it was only after four years of rigorous training that finally Abhiraj (Minawala, director) approached me for Loveratri. He felt I’d be able to do justice to the character. Salman bhai heard the film’s story and decided that it’s the perfect film for my debut. I was at last lucky enough for an opportunity to face the camera.”
Aayush at Salman’s behest also assisted on a few movies before attempting acting. “I was very lucky to be a part of films like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Sultan, and Tubelight. It really helped me to get used to the set environment and understand filming. I enjoyed this a lot.”
Loveratri, which also stars Warina Hussain, is all set for release on October 5.