He is the fastest rising star in Bollywood now. With numerous hits under his belt and several projects lined up, Kartik Aaryan is the blue-eyed boy of filmmakers. After Pati Patni Aur Woh (which hits theatres on December 6), Kartik has Dostana 2, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Love Aaj Kal 2. But the actor isn’t complaining about the endless shoots and promotions, In fact, he is loving every bit.
Ask him how does he react to stardom and producers waiting to sign him for projects and he says that he is enjoying the attention from fans. “I really love my fans. Every now and then, I meet them, click pictures and interact with them. It’s mutual admiration. I enjoy giving the love back to them. With all these films, fans and adulation, I am in a very happy space right now. I hope this continues,” says Kartik.
As far as producers and directors are concerned, he hopes that they offer him more and more films. “I really want to work, work and do more work. I have become an insomniac now (laughs) because of work. I use to love sleeping, now I can’t. I keep thinking about my work, and I am also happy to give so much joy to my fans.”
Projects are coming his way but that doesn’t mean Kartik is signing without thinking. “I never had the choice to pick scripts before. Last year, when Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety hit theatres, it was my big release in terms of box-office collection. This year, Luka Chuppi validated my success. It changed the game for me. The family audience gave me a lot of love. Because of that, I got choices for the first time in my life and more options opened up. I am therefore careful with my choice of scripts and I try to choose content which is relatable. When I am reading a script, I think: ‘Will I want to watch the film in the theatre?’,” says the sensible actor.
Along with content, he also focuses on the commercial value of a film. “I am someone who is really massy and love mass-entertainers. I do not want to let go of the commercial aspect,” says Kartik.
The naughty ‘Pati’
In Mudassar Aziz’s Pati Patni Aur Woh, Kartik will be seen playing the pati — Abhinav ‘Chintu’ Tiwari. Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Pandey also star in the remake of the 1978 hit film. The original film starred Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta Kaur.
What made Kartik take up this project? “It’s a classic, and the script is a modern take on relationship. The 2019 Pati Patni Aur Woh is a completely new story except for the one line concept of ‘pati, patni aur woh’. I took the decision on the basis of the script that was offered to me, which was very exciting, not just because it was a remake. It was exciting for me to know that it was a remake. I always take the final call on my films based on the scripts,” he explains.
The actor adds that the script is strong and he is confident about the film. The character of Chintu Tyagi was also very exciting for him. “The way I look in the film, I am not known for it. It’s a completely new avatar for me, I have a moustache and I have gained some weight too. The look adds a lot of dimension to my character. Chintu is a simple yet street smart guy from Kanpur, working with PWD. His life becomes monotonous, which is why he is frustrated,” says the actor while promoting the film.
Kartik says that though the film is a comedy the character is quite different from what he has played before. “It’s quite relatable,” he says.
Bhumi and Ananya are hardworking
The three young actors have been promoting their film on television and online. They have also been posting pictures of their shoot and promotions on their social media handles.
The three share a fun relationship, which is clearly visible. Kartik says that it was an amazing experience working with Bhumi and Ananya. “I had a wonderful time on the set, acting and dancing with them. We shared a lovely banter. Both are wonderful in their own ways. While Bhumi is a hardworking person and has made her own mark in the industry, Ananya is equally hardworking and a very good actor,” he says.
Cost of stardom: less free time
Stardom hasn’t affected him, but he has less free time now. “I don’t have much free time. Earlier, I used to have a lot of time but not any more. I don’t have the time to interact with a lot of my friends. Sometimes they say, ‘Aisa kya ho gaya ki time nahi hai’ and it is difficult to explain to them,” he says, adding that otherwise nothing else has changed.
Will continue with chocolate boy image
In an interview to Sakal Times a few years ago, the actor had mentioned that he loves his onscreen ‘chocolate boy image’. But with the kind of films he has been selecting now, it looks like he has moved beyond that. Is he trying to break away from his chocolate boy looks then?
No says the actor who avers that he loves that image and wants to continue with it. “The chocolate boy image has given me the recognition. Who would mind being a chocolate boy? A lot of people call me the ‘hot chocolate boy’, and I really enjoy these kind of tags and I won’t change it for anything. Having said that, there is no denying that the kind of roles I am doing now aren’t the traditional chocolate boy type. Chintu Tyagi isn’t a typical chocolate boy but has certain kind of lovable qualities,” he says.
He adds that he is looking for different characters and scripts because he loves to explore.
Stepping into Akshay’s shoes?
Bhool Bhulaiyaa originally starred Akshay Kumar, who, with his signature style of comedy, won both critics and audience.
The decision to sign Kartik for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 was criticised by fans of Akshay on social media because it might be a huge task to step into the Airlift actor’s shoes.
“I am really blessed that films like these are coming to me and I am really choosing content that I want to watch in a theatre. There is no way I can compare myself because I am working on a new script, film and great concept. Having said that, I am a big fan of Akshay Kumar sir and I really enjoy watching his movies. There is no way people can compare us and I can’t even think about it. He is an inspiration,” concludes Kartik.