Ayushmann Khurrana plays a printing press owner called Chirag Dubey in Junglee Pictures and BR Studio’s upcoming rom-com ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ for which he began shooing in October in Lucknow.
To live his role, the actor learnt the different aspects of printing from the owner of the press, a Punjabi gentleman by the name of Mr Jaggi who has been living in Lucknow for the last 40 years.
“I used to observe him to understand his body language and how he handled the 10-12 people working with him. I didn’t get into the technicalities and only know how to switch the machines on and off,” informs Ayushmann who has earlier visited a printing press in Chandigarh owned by his friend’s father.
He loved the fact that Mrs Jaggi cooked for him every alternate day. “She’d send Sarson Ka Saag and Rajma Chawal which I loved. Since we were shooting in Lucknow I also binged on Tunday Kebab, but my favourite was Prakash Kulfi,” he licks his lips.
Jaggi’s son who is studying in IIT Kanpur came to meet him at the press. “He knows I am active on social media and introduced me to an app which people in the West use for blogging,” he says.