MUMBAI—Ayushmann Khurrana, riding on the double triumph of “Bareilly Ki Barfi” and “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan,” is collaborating with Junglee Pictures for a family entertainer which rolls early next year and is titled “Badhaai Ho.”
The coming-of-age story of a family as it grapples with an unexpected news and its impact, the film will be directed by Amit Sharma, who has helmed over a 1000 ad films, including one on Google Reunion and a short film for Kashmir Tourism. Sharma had made his feature film debut with the Arjun Kapoor-Sonakshi Sinha movie “Tevar” in 2015.
Khurrana went on to say in a media release, “I had a fantastic experience collaborating with Junglee Pictures for ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi,’ and working with them again is going to be exciting. The story that Amit narrates is typically Indian with dollops of quirky humor. I look forward to a family film that is innovative and entertaining.”
Sharma has been working on the script for the last two-and-a-half years with his writers, Akshat Ghildial and Shantanu Srivastava after Ghildial came up with a one-line story idea. “What is funny for others is a matter of concern for the family,” is the only aspect Sharma will reveal at this stage.
On his choice of the hero, Sharma stated that Khurrana, who has brought taboo subjects like sperm donation, body-shaming, and erectile dysfunction to the screen and made them acceptable, is a likable and relatable actor.
On the catchy title, he added that “Badhaai Ho” was the working title from day one, and while he had intended to change it along the way, he quickly realized that it was simple, apt, quirky and a part of many people’s everyday lingo. "I hope one day soon people will tell me Badhaai Ho too,” he said.