Ayushmann Khurrana is riding high on the success of his two recent releases – Bareily Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. Both the films hit the screens within a month’s time and Ayushmann was loved in both.

While, we cannot complain about his performance, after all he is getting better with every film, there is something about his films that’s been bothering me. All his recent films, be it the above two or Dum Laga Ke Haisha or Meri Pyaari Bindu – are all set in a small town or simple surroundings and show him as this endearing boy-next-door character.

There is so much similarity in the look and feel of his films and his characters that it has all started to appear banal. That was also one of the reasons why I didn’t come out fully satiated after watching Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (full review). So when I saw Ayushmann waiting outside the screening, I couldn’t control the urge to congratulate him for his latest offering about erectile dysfunction and at the same time, voice my concern about his getting repetitive. ALSO READ: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Box Office Collection Day 3: Ayushmann Khurrana And Bhumi Pednekar’s Film Grows Further; Earns Rs 14.46 crore

Flaunting the cutest of his smiles, Ayushmann said, “I know what you mean. Watch out for my next one. It will amaze you.” That confession definitely had me excited! Now, we know that Ayushmann has signed Sriram Raghavan’s Shoot The Piano Player. The filmmaker is known for his love for action/crime thrillers (Ek Hasina Thi – 2004, Johnny Gaddaar – 2007, Agent Vinod – 2012, Badlapur – 2015). So it is little wonder that his next will be on those lines as well; going by the title, perhaps a dark crime thriller.


Mahurat shot of Shoot The Piano Player

Mahurat shot of Shoot The Piano Player


It can be recalled that Raghavan was touted to direct a film inspired by Vikas Swarup’s (author of Q & A that was made into Slumdog Millionaire) ‘The Accidental Apprentice’.

While we don’t yet know if Shoot The Piano Player is the film based on the book, there are reports suggesting that the film might be based on the 1960 French crime drama film of the same name. The film, an adaptation of book Down There by author David Goodis, is the story of a classical pianist Charlie, who is devastated post his wife’s suicide. He takes up playing at a bar, secluding himself from the family, in order to forget all the happy memories. But he gets dragged into a chaotic mess when his brothers get in trouble with gangsters.