The actor said that it was the same show that rejected him many years ago when he came for audition. The 29-year-old, who came into the limelight after winning the second season of ‘MTV Roadies’, recollects how he was rejected for the show just because of his unconventional looks.

"It was the spring of 2003 when I auditioned for season one of 'India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj' and I was rejected," Ayushmann said here on Thursday at the press conference to launch the show along with actress Parineeti Chopra and director Vijay Krishna Acharya.

"It's quite surreal that I am on the panel. I remember in 2003 I was this nerdy looking thin guy with spectacles. (I was) not six feet tall conventional hero. But that was ten years back," he added.

However, he said that now the film industry's doors are open to everybody who has a decent amount of talent.

"Now times have changed and it is the golden era of Indian cinema. We have gone beyond nepotism. This is the time where anybody with decent amount of talent can be an actor," said the actor, who made a successful Bollywood debut with 2012 film ‘Vicky Donor’.

"Doors are now open for everyone. This is the golden era of Indian cinema and anybody can be an actor," he added.

The third season of ‘India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj’ will go on air on Zee TV soon. While it will be judged by Sonali Bendre and Vijay Krishna Acharya, Hussain Kuwajerwala will be seen as a host.

Besides Ayushmann, Parineeti will also be seen as mentor to the contestants on the show.

(Agencies)

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