Winning a National Award is a dream of every actor and Ayushmann Khurrana is no different. Winning a National Award has always been on his bucket list and the actor’s dream finally came true when he won Best Actor for his role in ‘Andhadhun’. To top it off, the actor’s other release last year, ‘Badhaai Ho’, ended up winning the honour for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

“I am feeling ecstatic. Actually, I am still trying to digest this. It on my bucket list when I came to Mumbai to become an actor,” Ayushmann told IANS in an exclusive chat.

“The kind of films that I do are about credibility and content. I was actually looking forward to this to happen someday in my life. Actually, when you’re doing a particular film, you don’t do it thinking about an award, but I am glad this happened with Andhadhun,” he added.

The actor said that his family is elated with the news. 

“My father was almost choking on the phone when we spoke, after hearing the news. He was so overwhelmed that he could not talk properly. I feel it was even more overwhelming for him than me. Tahira (the actor’s wife) was also emotional,” he said.

Ayushmann was shooting for an ad-film when the news reached him. 

“I was shooting for an ad-film and there were people around me. So, it wasn’t exactly a ‘me moment’ for me. I was busy with the shot when suddenly congratulatory messages started pouring in on my phone. I was so shocked to learn that all this has happened -- it was all so surreal. Incidentally, I was shooting with the cinematographer of Uri (which won Best Actor and Best Director). So, both of us did a high five and the entire crew started applauding. They arranged for a special celebration for me on the set. It was quite overwhelming,” he recalled.

The actor shared the award with Vicky Kaushal who won the award for his performance in ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’.

“Vicky was the first person to call me after getting the news. It was very sweet of him. Even as I got to know of the news, there was a call from Vicky. We virtually hugged each other over the phone! He is such a gem of a person. It was very gracious of him to give me a call,” Ayushmann said.

On the work front, Ayushmann will soon be seen in the romantic comedy ‘Dream Girl’. The movie, directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, is slated to hit theatres next month.