It was 2008 when I came across a video jockey on MTV Wassup. Wearing huge glasses, this VJ had a smile to die for. And when I got to know his name, it took me to back in the day when a radio show called Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann was aired. I first heard his magical voice on that show but I never cared to remember his name.
Well, Ayushmann Khurranna came, he saw and he conquered, and there's no one who dare not remember his name today!
So much more than just another handsome face, radio jockeying was another feather in his cap. But that's not it. We soon learnt that he could do so much more. He entered the world of acting with K serials and also established himself as a talented video jockey. That was 2008.
Today, we all know him as the adorable Vicky from Vicky Donor.
Even though he might have shot to stardom with Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor in 2012, he had already proved his mettle as an entertainer on the small screen with a couple of shows to his credit.
We first saw him on the small screen with Roadies Season 2 when he won the show in 2004.
Roadies not only got him noticed for his survival skills but also for his natural screen presence. MTV came up with a fresh crop of anchors for its new morning show called MTV Wassup with Ayushmann being one of the anchors and he was one revelation!
He easily became TV's celebrated host with shows like India's Got Talent, Music Ka Maha Muqqabla, Extra Innings for Indian Premier League 3 and Just Dance.
Bu that was not all. With an unconventional film like Vicky Donor for a debut, Ayushmann also proved that he is a performance-oriented actor. He soon made his singing debut with the same film and there's no denying that we still hum Pani Da Rang!
Ayushmann is also a writer and has penned lyrics for a lot of songs that he has sung, including Yahin Hoon Main, Mitti Di Khushboo and Saadi Gali Aaja.
His blog captures some of his soulful words.
And how can we forget his appearance on MTV Unplugged. His rendition of Pani Da Rang's unplugged version left us asking for more.
With Nautanki Saala, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Bewakoofiyaan and Hawaaizaada, he went on to prove his versatility as an actor, and that he could pull off serious and quirky roles with just as much ease as he could portray fun characters.
Not just work, Ayushmann is also a doting husband to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Tahira. He admits that Tahira is his biggest critic and we love when we hear him talk about his lady luck like a teenager in love.
A total charmer, he is witty, he is charming and he is an entertainer in the true sense.
We will be seeing more of him this year with movies like Meri Pyari Bindu and Manmarziyan up for release.
Ayushmann, you are truly a jack of all trades!