Biggest struggle is to create my own identity: Aayush Sharma
For newcomer Aayush Sharma, having superstar brother-in-law Salman Khan, initially didn't translate into him getting work as producers were scared to invest money on him. "A lot of directors and producers were scared of working with me. Everybody used to tell me 'We would love to launch you but if we go wrong then our relationship with Salman will be spoiled'," Aayush said.
"People offered me films, I wasn't too sure about them"
"I was like see me for who I am? There were people who offered me films but I was not too sure about them. My biggest struggle is to find a name for myself and create an identity of my own," Aayush said.
When 'LoveYatri' happened, Aayush had his own set of doubts
Even when 'LoveYatri' happened, which is produced by Salman, Aayush, had his own set of doubts. "I was launched by my brother-in-law and I was like, 'What'll people say?' And my wife Arpita told me, even if I'm launched by other production-house, people will say Salman got me this film and nobody will see my potential till the time I prove myself," he added.
Arpita stood by Aayush when people questioned his caliber
It was Arpita, who Aayush said, encouraged and stood by him when people questioned his caliber as an actor. "There were days when during my training I would give up and felt 'I don't think I have it in me'. The only person who would instil confidence in me was Arpita. She saw potential in me...She is my backbone," Aayush fondly added.
Thankful to Salman for giving me platform, says Aayush
Aayush is thankful to Salman for giving him a platform to start his journey in the movies. "My goal is to make him proud. If there are expectations from me, I am glad. People talk about pressure, I can feel the pressure and collapse under it as he is a mammoth of a star. But I refuse to collapse," he quipped.
"I was never comfortable meeting anybody. I'm shy, introvert"
Aayush, who is son of politician Anil Sharma reminisces his initial days in showbiz, where he felt like a lost child. "I was never comfortable meeting anybody. I am a very shy and introvert person. I have seen most of the film people on screen and meeting them in person was more like, 'What do I say to them?'," he said.
Today, I am ok with positivity, negativity, criticism, says Aayush
"There were times when I went to parties and I used to hold Salman's or Arpita's hand as I used to feel awkward. I had my phase of finding my footing, I had to discover myself," he said. Today, as he's a week away from the release of his debut movie, Aayush said he has become more confident. "I'm ok with positivity, negativity, criticism."