The Choco­late

KARTIK AARYAN aka Ra­jjo of PyaarKa Punch­nama def­i­nitely has be­come the new choco­late boy of Bol­ly­wood. From Ra­jat To Akash, he has al­ways played his char­ac­ters to per­fec­tion. Here, Kartik tells Riya Lakhmani all about his film GuestInLon­don, and his tryst

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How has your jour­ney been from set­ting foot to es­tab­lish­ing your­self in the in­dus­try? It wasn’t very easy in the be­gin­ning. But act­ing was some­thing I al­ways wanted to do. So I de­cided to work on it. When I moved from my home­town Gwalior to Delhi to pre­pare for en­gi­neer­ing, I kept au­di­tion­ing for roles but things didn’t work out. I shifted to Mum­bai and joined DY Patil col­lege and si­mul­ta­ne­ously, joined act­ing classes. In my se­cond year of col­lege, things started work­ing for me.

You don’t re­ally have a filmi back­ground. What made you choose act­ing as a ca­reer? I used to watch a lot of movies as a child and that’s how I de­vel­oped my in­ter­est in star­dom. By the time I was in the 10th stan­dard, I was very clear that act­ing was some­thing I wanted to do. I never wanted to be a doc­tor or an en­gi­neer. I was only study­ing be­cause my mom wanted me to study.

From PyaarKaPunch­nama to AkaashVani, you are al­ways seen play­ing the char­ac­ter of a guy who is im­mensely in love yet taken for granted. So are you Ra­jat or Akaash in real life as well? I re­late to th­ese roles though noth­ing as such has hap­pened with me but I have seen many peo­ple go­ing through un­re­quited love. So it was kind of easy for me to ab­sorb th­ese char­ac­ters and make it as real as pos­si­ble. I try to give my hun­dred per cent to my roles.

If ever given a chance what kind of roles would you like to do? I would love to do neg­a­tive char­ac­ters some­thing like what Shah Rukh sir did in Baazi­gar and Darr. This is some­thing that fas­ci­nates me and I look for­ward to try­ing that out.

Re­cently there has been a lot of flak against nepo­tism. What is your take on that? I will an­swer that only on Kof­fee With Karan! (Laughs)

Who are the di­rec­tors you as­pire to work with in the fu­ture? I want to con­tinue my jour­ney with Luv Ran­jan who di­rected Pyaar Ka Punch­nama. But if ever given a chance, I would re­ally love to work with San­jay Leela Bhansali Sir, Karan Jo­har and Im­tiaz Ali.

Can you tell us about your up­com­ing projects? My next movie is Guests In London. The trailer is al­ready out and I am re­ally ex­cited! I am cur­rently shoot­ing for an­other movie with Luv Ran­jan. This is an untitled film pro­duced by T- Se­ries.

How has your ex­pe­ri­ence been work­ing with the team of Guests InLon­don? Can you share some anec­dotes? It has been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with ev­ery­one on the sets of Guests In London. Es­pe­cially with the di­rec­tor Ash­wni Dhir. It’s amaz­ing how he writes stuff, be it com­i­cal or emo­tional. This film is based in London and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence shoot­ing there. I bonded with ev­ery­one es­pe­cially Paresh ji, he is one of the fun­ni­est ‘young­ster’ I have ever met. Ac­tu­ally Paresh ji was one of the most punc­tual peo­ple on the sets, no mat­ter where we were shoot­ing and what time we were shoot­ing, he would reach on time. So, one day I played a prank on him. I texted him from his as­sis­tant’s phone about our next day’s sched­ule. I in­ten­tion­ally texted that the shoot is an hour be­fore the usual time and that day, Paresh ji wanted to sleep for a lit­tle more time but be­cause of my text, he reached an hour be­fore the sched­ule. But the best part was that he took the en­tire prank in a healthy way. He tried do­ing that with me as well but that didn’t hap­pen! I am re­ally glad to be­long to a team like this. To shoot with every­body on the sets was great.

Have you found your real life Vani? No, not yet but I am still look­ing for her. I hope I find her soon!

What is that one advice you would want to give to young cou­ples who have re­ally taken your mono­logue se­ri­ously af­ter watch­ing PyaarKaPunch­nama? I would con­tra­dict what­ever I have said in the mono­logue of Pyaar Ka Punch­nama. All I want to say is if your girl is ask­ing for space from you, give it to her, give her ev­ery­thing she asks for, and only then will you have lots of fun to­gether.

I would love to do neg­a­tive char­ac­ters some­thing like what Shah Rukh sir did in Baazi­gar and Darr. ”

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