Kartik Aaryan refuses to call Guests Iin London a sequel of 2010 sleeper hit Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge, which too was directed by Ashwin Dhir. The actor says that content is fresh and this one is more of a romantic film. “Even though Ashwin sir has directed both the films, they are completely different from each other. It’s a new story with fresh characters and once the audience watches the film, they will realise it,” he says. Guest Iin London, which released on Friday (July 7), is also about unwanted guests.
Kartik, who plays the role of a lovable and happy-go-lucky guy in the film, says that he has had to deal with unwanted guests at home in real life too. “I had an uncle who would come stay over at my house for two months. I don’t like sharing my bedroom and bathroom but I had to do so with him. I used to handle the situation calmly, considering you tend to get angry with guests like that,” he says.
Talking about his co-stars in the film, Paresh Rawal, Kartik says, “Before starting the shoot, I got to spend time with him and we went across London which helped in the bonding. His acting is on an another level. I had a great bonding with him and got to learn so much. He can switch on and off so easily, it’s amazing. Doing a scene with him is like a series of action and reaction,” he says. The film also stars Tanvi Azmi and Kriti Kharbanda.
After making his debut with Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Kartik has been acting in romantic comedies. So much so that he is recognised as a romantic hero and he says that he loves the image. “When I came to the industry, there were not too many romantic heroes. And these two genres — romance and comedy — you can enjoy with your entire family. I don’t want to change my image of a romantic hero because it’s appreciated across the world,” he says.
Kartik is now choosing his projects carefully. “I am getting all kind of films but I prefer doing comedy. And because of this, my audience is also increasing. Having said that, I don’t choose a film according to my image. I always see the audience perspective.”
He will soon collaborate with his mentor Luv Ranjan in Sonu Ka Titu Ki Sweety, which will also star Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh. This is the actor’s third film with the director. Kartik says their relation hasn’t changed since their first film. “There are only few people in the world who point out your strengths and weaknesses, he is one of those. He keeps pointing out my weaknesses (laughs) and works on me. People have liked our collaboration in the past and I hope it continues,” he says before signing off.