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" I understood that the Love included all the vocations, that the Love was everything... "this group is about AYUSHMANN andthe glamour world of indian cinema and tv,which he belongs,of course Ayushmann belongs this world,he is not an island,,,,,introvert maybe but social,,,
Ayushman was in his second year of college when he was selected for Roadies season two. Once he won the show, he returned to college and completed his degree in Mass Communications Journalism. Soon after, he went to MICA (Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad to do a course in radio.Groggy after being interrupted from his sleep, Ayushman says that he hasn't slept in days, which was why he decided to take a vacation to his hometown. Though obviously sleepy, the ex-Roadie was gracious enough to answer questions about his Roadie experience.Since so many people try to get into Roadies every year, what exactly is the criteria that the show looks for in a contestant? "Roadies is not a talent hunt show nor is it a creative show," Ayushman replies. "They don't care if you are intelligent or smart or good looking. All they look for is the will to succeed. That is what they mean by the 'Roadies spirit'. All you need to do is be yourself and have the determination to be a Roadie. I think what helped me win the show was my patience. There were 15 other people on the show and to be able to be with them and not lose your cool is very important. I remained patient till the end and I guess that's what paid off."After he got selected, Ayushman got ready for the ride which started from Kolkata . "We flagged off from Kolkata and were supposed to head towards Pakistan. But due to some problem we didn't go to Pakistan but finished our journey at the Waga border," he says.As Roadies is a task-oriented show, Ayushman was given tasks to perform. He says the tasks were comparatively easier compared to the ones being shown in the most recent episodes. "I would have loved to do the body piercing task that was a part of Roadies 5.0 or the kushti (wrestling) task of season six. In our season the best task I remember was in Santiniketan in Kolkata. We were all standing on lush green grass in the rain but had to walk on fire. That was the most challenging task," he recalls.So what awaits winners?Ayushman says it differs from person to person. While some become anchors on MTV, others go back to the life they had before the show. "I went on with life and so did other Roadies on my show. One of them got married, while another continued her studies and went abroad. So life after Roadies is pretty much the same."Not everybody can become a veejay or an anchor," he continues "Since I did a course in radio and always had the passion to become an actor, I think I was able to pull off being an anchor. I had a theatre background too so that helped."Being on Roadies meant being away from home for almost three months or so. Previous shows have shown some of the contestants wanting to return home because of lack of proper food and bedding. Doesn't this make most contestants homesick?Ayushman says no. "None of it affected me. I am quite a loner and so I was fine. We were given Rs 70 (per head) to take care of our food intake. So we would eat at dhabas and roadside places. They took care of our shelter, though."Ayushman says that the recent seasons are better in that way. The Roadies are provided with food and shelter.The ex-Roadie also says that the show has evolved a lot since its initiation. "Off late, the show goes abroad after a certain episode. The tasks are different and more challenging. The show has become a brand by itself and has gained in popularity. Roadies get almost everything on a platter. Even the auditions are different," he adds.
I always wanted be a performer. I was the clown of the class and used to amuse everybody with my antics. Performance was where my heart and soul was, but life charted out a different course for me to bring me to my realization. I took medical in 11th and 12th standard, almost got through a dental college but decided to opt for an English major in graduation and did my Masters in Mass Communication. Then came radio where I got an opportunity to exhibit my dreams and now it's MTV where I get to vent out all my pent up emotions of performance and of course the chosen sufferers are you all,,,,
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