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
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. ”