After the news broke around Kunal’s anger for you, did you go and try talking it out with him?
I did not call him. He said something, I gave my official statement and that’s about it; I guess all of that is enough. I would definitely want to work with Kunal Kohli. I liked his Hum Tum and Fanaa. Now it is his prerogative if he would like to rope me in for another film.
What really went wrong though?
I don’t know really (sighs). The worst part of the whole affair is that I was living out of the suitcase for all these weeks. In fact after Vicky Donor, there has not been a single day when I have been free. May be it was a miscommunication on Management’s part also.
You seemed to have set your eyes on working only on A-listers…
See, nobody can say anything like this in such a definite manner. Casting and all is entirely a filmmaker’s call. I was busy with the shooting of Nautanki Saala shoot and was a little confused that whether I could start work on some other film in the meanwhile. I just said to Kunal that let’s not do this film and plan something else. Yes, the whole process took three long months and may he felt that I was delaying things. Still, frankly speaking I have no clue why he has so much of venom against me.
Are you finding yourself in the ‘fall guy’ space?
Not really because over a period of time, perceptions do change. I consider Twitter as a great barometer of how people perceive you and today, nine of ten people seem to have no issues with me dropping out. However, the kind of person that I am, even that one person who is telling me that ‘Hey Ayushmann, I thought you are a sweet person but you should not have done something like this’ is hurting me. Lekin ab main kis kis ko jaake bolon ki main achcha banda hoon?
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder