When you hear of Kartik Aaryan, his famous monologues from the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ franchise already starting playing in front of you. An actor who has carved his own niche in a 6 year long Bollywood journey with 5 memorable films and 1 on the verge of release, Kartik Aaryan is the boy next door who makes girls go weak in their knees. Charismatic charm and grip in his performance, this time around he plays Sonu who is the epitome of a ‘best friend’ who can go to the extend of doubting your oh-so-perfect girlfriend to save you from a possible wrath. Director Luv Ranjan collaborates with the actor for the fourth time to bring us ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’, an open war between Romance and Bromance.
Let’s take a look at what Kartik had to say to Cinespeaks:
Q. Are you excited or nervous for the release of ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’?
Kartik Aaryan: I’m really excited for the release of the film. The trailer has been received well and the song ‘Dil Chori’ has crossed over 100 Million views which is incredible. Everything is being enjoyed by the audiences. I myself am looking forward to seeing the film.
Q. Tell us something about the film and your character.
Kartik Aaryan: I don’t think a film has been made yet on this topic. A fight between a boy’s best friend and his girlfriend. The clash comes with the subject which is Romance Vs Bromance. This does happen in real life when you feel there’s something wrong with the person with whom your friend is getting hitched. My character is of a friend who is concerned if his friend is going to get into trouble because a girl like Nushrat’s (Bharucha) character is such a perfection. I think in general a friend’s opinion does matter on choosing a life partner. The film explores the dimensions of Sonu, Titu and Sweety’s lives.
Q. Have you been in a situation like ‘Sonu’?
Kartik Aaryan: I have personally been in such a situation too where I couldn’t make a best friend of mine understand that the girl he is with wasn’t right for him. Unfortunately I couldn’t tell him and but within a year he realized his choice wasn’t right.
For me personally, I liked this one girl whose best friend had a crush on me and we were all a part of the same group. I was stuck completely. However I didn’t let the best friend know that I knew she liked me and it got even more complicated to handle the situation. This was during my college days.
Q. This is your fourth film with director Luv Ranjan, how has the experience been?
Kartik Aaryan: Luv Ranjan has taught me a lot in life. I know that he believes in me. He had trust in me that I could make it when a lot of other people rejected me. They wouldn’t find me fit for the role. I was in college at that time though and he was a little skeptical if I wanted to take my acting career seriously. I kept auditioning for ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ for 6 long months before being finalized. I struggled for 2 years before getting into the Punchnama zone. I come from a very middle class family and used to travel using a train for auditions. I’m proud of that phase in my life. I thank God for giving me an opportunity to work with Luv Sir. It’s very rare that you get a sleeper hit film like ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ so early in your career. I’ve maintained a student and teacher relationship with Luv Sir till date. He share a very strong bond.
Q. How has it been being paired with Nushrat Bharucha for the fourth time?
Kartik Aaryan: Nushrat had already worked before while ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ was my debut film. I wasn’t able to break ice with her very early but over a period of time we developed a bond. As an actor, she is great at supporting and building a chemistry. She’s a great friend. I know Sunny (Singh) and her for 6 and a half years now. There’s a lot of comfort on sets.
Q. Those famous monologues of yours have created a sensation. Are you good at memorizing. What is your secret of having executed them with such perfection?
Kartik Aaryan: I was a student who would study the last moment and get good marks, I used to keep myself occupied with sports. I guess it’s in my genes that make me memorize so well. I’m happy that both my monologues have worked really well. Luv Sir, Rahul and their writing team, also my performance, it was a combined effort. It was a one take scene. Especially the second monologue was 12 pages long and to get every line out with the exact emotion out was difficult. Any fumble, we had to go back and do it all over gain. Thankfully we got it right in the first shot and only had to do a second one for safety. But somehow I had to do a lot of retakes for the safety shot. This was the third shot and it was frustrating to go back again and again doing the same scene. Doing the first monologue gave me confidence to do the second monologue better. Unfortunately the monologue from ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’ was 12 mins long but only 7 mins could be taken in the film.
Q. Do you feel pressurized of delivering better with every film when especially you’re doing a Luv Ranjan film?
Kartik Aaryan: I’ve never been nervous about my performance. I’m confident of achieving what I want with regards to my performance. Thankfully all my performances have been appreciated, regardless of the fate of a film. Reviewers and audiences are always left with a smile. ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ team is my home ground where I have to give my best. People ask me why am I stuck to the same zone, but somehow it’s working for me. People are enjoying and ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is completely different. This will be my most commercially viable film as a hero. I’m not pressurized.
Q. This is first time you’re flaunting your body onscreen. How did you achieve those six pack abs that has become the talk of the town?
Kartik Aaryan: Luv Sir likes to have normal and relatable people in his films. Not those typical boys with 6 pack abs. But in the song ‘Chote Chote Peg’ he demanded me to show off my body for a sequence. For that, I had to build abs for which I trained with celebrity fitness trainer Prashant Sawant who trains Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan and Ajay Devgn. He’s a great instructor to have. I worked along with him and his brother Rohan Sawant for the transformation. I have tick marked acting, dancing and now six pack abs for be a complete Bollywood hero. Being fit has become a lifestyle. The body took 3 months to achieve. I had to bring muscularity on my lean body with cuts which was difficult to achieve, also because I’m a vegetarian.
Q. What are your emotions when a film doesn’t work?
Kartik Aaryan: You feel disheartened when a film doesn’t work. The money of the producers and distributors should come back, that’s the concern when a film releases. Though I stay with my choices whether they work or not. Sometimes you just can’t predict a film’s fate.
Q. Valentine’s Day is around the corner. What’s your take on Love & what are your memories of your first Valentine’s Day?
Kartik Aaryan: After my monologues people expect me to give them relationship advices despite them being themed around being against relationships. They assume I know how it works if I know the not-so-fascinating side of it. In real life, I’m a romantic person. My first Valentine’s day was really funny because I was trying to be outspoken and propose the girl. During the same time, the news of Bajrang Dal humiliating couples on Valentine’s Day had come and this scared the girl, and she never turned up. I got to know about this the next day. It was a blessing in disguise.
Q. If a movie from last had to be remade which one would you like to star in and in what role?
Kartik Aaryan: I think I would want to play Shah Rukh Khan’s role in ‘Darrr’. I would like to play an anti-hero. SRK looked innocent but played such parts. They work because they give mixed expressions out of you. I would also like to do films like Ranbir Kapoor’s role in ‘Rockstar’ and Akshay Kumar’s role in ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’.
Q. If a biopic was to be made, in whose biopic would you like to star?
Kartik Aaryan: I would like to do a biopic on Akshay Kumar Sir’s life. I can relate to his struggle and start. He’s my favorite actor.
Q. Enlighten us about your educational background and early struggle in Mumbai.
Kartik Aaryan: I’ve done my B.Tech in Bio Technology. I never left my education because my mother was adamant. She always wanted me to have a degree. I did it from Mumbai and saw education an opportunity to step into the city. My family is filled with doctors and engineers back in my city Gwalior. Nobody knew I wanted to be an actor. I didn’t want to scare them and worry them. I come from a middle class family and for them to support me being in Mumbai was also tough. I had shifted in a place where I shared a space with 12 guys who had all come to become actors. I never told anyone about my debut film. When the discussions of ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama’ were happening, everyone was new to the team. It was a very small film but today it’s a franchise.
Q. How do you feel about your career so far?
Kartik Aaryan: I feel I’m on a right track in creating my niche in this industry. I have my own space here and I’m not trying to be a hurdle to anyone. The stereotypical questions don’t affect me. I can experiment with roles in future.