Andhadhun is not only among the best thrillers of all time, it is also one of the best performances in Ayushmann Khurrana’s illustrious career. In Andhadhun, directed by Sriram Raghavan, Ayushmann played the role of a piano player who pretends to be blind. The actor aced the act of a visually impaired individual, but did you know he had to do something out of the way to actually get it right? After the release of the film, Ayushmann had revealed that he trained under a visually impaired pianist and was made to wear a special pair of lenses that impaired his vision to 80 per cent.
AYUSHMANN KHURRANA WORE SPECIAL LENSES THAT IMPAIRED HIS VISION
Ayushmann Khurrana won his first National Award for Best Actor for his performance in Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun. As they say, you have to toil hard to achieve success. Ayushmann had to do his share of hard work too to win the coveted recognition. Along with practising playing piano for hours continuously for months, he trained under a visually impaired pianist, Rahul, to get into his character and do justice to it. Ayushmann used an eye mask for day-to-day activities so that he understands the body language.
And that was not all. Team Andhadhun decided to get a special pair of lenses from London. Ayushmann revealed that the lenses impaired his vision to almost 80 per cent. “For the shoot, the team got a special pair of lenses from London that made me look blind. Those lenses hindered my sight by 80 per cent. Coupled with the black glasses, my vision was affected by 90 per cent. That’s how I shot the entire film. Since I was not able to see through the glasses, my body language would change. I’d be more sceptical while walking, which would translate better for the character,” Ayushmann had said in a Mid-Day interview.
AYUSHMANN WORE SCLERAL LENSES THAT COVER THE ENTIRE VISIBLE PART OF THE EYES
Makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh had shared some interesting details about the special lenses that Ayushmann Khurrana wore for Andhadhunin during an interview with qnaindia.com. She had said, “Andhadhun did not require heavy prosthetics like many of the other movies that I have done, but giving Ayushmann Khurrana a blind look required a special kind of lens. The lenses were custom-made for the character to make it seem realistic. These are not the ordinary lenses that you get in the market, these are ‘Scleral lenses’ that cover the entire visible part of your eyes. The only downside to these is that they blur your vision, but Ayushmann was really cooperative and did an amazing job considering he actually couldn’t see much.”
Released on October 5, 2018, Andhadhun was loved by film critics and the audience alike. It also stars Tabu and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles. The film was also remade in Telugu as Maestro, in Tamil as Andhagan and in Malayalam as Bhramam. While Nithiin played the lead role in the Telugu film, Prashanth and Prithviraj Sukumaran stepped into the shoes of Ayushmann in the Tamil and Malayalam versions, respectively.