Kar­tik Aaryan, hottest ac­tor of the year!

The Kar­tik Aaryan fever is rag­ing high!

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He is the quin­tes­sen­tial ‘out­sider’ who hit jack­pot in 2018. His charm­ing smile and messy hair has had the girls drool­ing. It’s been a while since we have had a poster boy of cute charm and Kar­tik Aaryan fills in the blanks nicely. His fun film and the sur­prise 100-crore hit Sonu Ke Titu ki Sweety, have opened up new hori­zons for the ac­tor. Things have been go­ing fab­u­lously well for the young man from Gwalior who is clearly en­joy­ing the well-de­served at­ten­tion and all the ac­co­lades. In con­ver­sa­tion with the hottest star of 2018. How would you de­scribe 2018 in one word? Block­buster (smiles) Life has changed com­pletely, hasn’t it? In­deed! I have been crav­ing for this kind of year for the long­est time. There have been a lot of ups and downs but af­ter all that, to see this re­ac­tion is great. Peo­ple ask­ing self­ies and au­to­graphs…all this hap­pened in this year. It makes you feel ac­cepted by the au­di­ence and the in­dus­try too. I wish this con­tin­ues and I keep do­ing good work. Your break­through role (in Sonu Ke Titu ki Sweety) might also lead you to be stereo­typed as this ur­ban guy with re­la­tion­ship prob­lems. Will you break the mould with your next, Luka Chuppi? I can’t re­veal too much about Luka Chuppi but over­all it’s a desi rom-com where I play a re­porter. It’s a new space for me as an ac­tor; a far cry from the ur­ban roles I have played in Pyaar ka Punch­nama and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. It’s a desi film set in a small town, shot be­tween Mathura and Gwalior. Gwalior hap­pens to be my home­town as well so it was a full cir­cle for me while shoot­ing for the film. I had al­ways dreamt of be­ing an ac­tor and Gwalior was where it all be­gan so it was bit sur­real. Films set in mo­fussil towns have be­come a genre of their own. How do you see it? I think it’s be­cause sto­ries from small towns are more ex­cit­ing. We have ex­plored enough sto­ries set in big towns and lav­ish lo­ca­tions. That’s prob­a­bly why the in­dus­try is shift­ing its fo­cus to small towns be­cause there are a lot of in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters to ex­plore there. What’s more, most of our pop­u­la­tion also comes from th­ese ar­eas. So how was it go­ing back to your home­town, Gwalior? I got a warm wel­come over there, it was amaz­ing! The city had my hoard­ings, peo­ple came with bou­quets and gar­lands to wish me luck. It made me feel proud. They brought gifts, there were scores of peo­ple out­side my van­ity van. It was very emo­tional to have had the op­por­tu­nity to shoot in your own home­town. How do your friends re­act to this sud­den change and fame? My friends and I have al­ways been to­gether. They have seen what’s been hap­pen­ing in my life, my ups and downs and my days as a strug­gler to where I am now. All th­ese things (the fame) have not hap­pened sud­denly. Of course, they keep say­ing things like ‘Kaha se kaha tak aa­gaya’ and ‘ac­tor dost hai hu­mara (laughs). It’s nice to hear them say that! One film and you are sud­denly the heart­throb… How do you process the fe­male at­ten­tion? The kind of fe­male adu­la­tion I got af­ter Sonu Ke Titu ki Sweety was un­real! It’s the kind of fol­low­ing I have ac­tu­ally dreamed off. I have al­ways wanted the ad­mi­ra­tion and peo­ple to talk about my work but af­ter this film, peo­ple were talk­ing about my looks as well which I didn’t ex­pect. I did feel the film would be a hit but never thought my life to change so dras­ti­cally. I have re­ceived ap­pre­ci­a­tion for my work too; I have gone a level up in my ca­reer and I am re­ally happy with it. Peo­ple are also giv­ing me taglines and names like “Mono­logue King “and “Heart­throb of the Year” etc. I love my fans and I have al­ways wanted to take self­ies and pic­tures. All that’s hap­pen­ing now so I am in a very good space. While on the topic of sud­den fame, I am al­ways re­minded of the film Luck By Chance, where Shah Rukh Khan, in a cameo, ex­plains the tran­sience of star­dom beau­ti­fully. Does it find res­o­nance with you? Hey that’s one of my all-time favourite scenes from a film! There is this di­a­logue where he says, “Unhe mat bhulo jo tumhe tab jante the, jab tum kuch nahi the kyunki bas wahi hai jho tumhe hame­sha sach ka­henge”.

It’s so true. For every­one, not just for me, the more you climb the lad­der of suc­cess, the more you get sur­rounded with peo­ple who may be syco­phan­tic. I have al­ways kept my in­ner cir­cle and friends in­tact – they know me in­side out and they are the same friends I had back in school and col­lege. I be­lieve in go­ing out and hav­ing a good time but there should al­ways be a bal­ance. My fam­ily keeps me rooted, my mom has taught me things no one else can and she keeps me grounded. You have got the image of a heart­throb now. Do you feel the pres­sure to con­form to an image? Or is it pos­si­ble to be your­self? Bol­ly­wood stars seem to be so dif­fer­ent on so­cial me­dia and in real life. I have al­ways been my­self. I don’t know about the fu­ture but I think it won’t change. I have been this per­son who had noth­ing when I first came to Mum­bai so hon­estly I have noth­ing to lose. In my head I’m al­ways think­ing, “Arey! Yeh flop na ho jaaye!” (laughs). But I have never been scared of los­ing ev­ery­thing. The only thing that scares me is if some­one says I don’t know how to act! The PR and the jazz is an added thing – it’s an as­pect of your ca­reer but some­where down the line, you have to bal­ance it out. You can’t just have work, work, work and no PR or vice versa. The bal­ance mat­ters at the end of the day.

Kar­tik won the ‘Best ac­tor’ tro­phy for Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Pre­sented by Hridesh Meth­wani, Mar­ket­ing Head at Pan Emi­rates Home Fur­nish­ings

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