Kartik Aaryan Interview: I would like to play the role of an anti-hero

Popular Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan, who was last seen in Ashwni Dhir’s Guest Iin London, is winning raves for his latest release, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Helmed by Luv Ranjan, the comic caper also features Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh in pivotal roles. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety brings back the hit team of Pyaar Ka Punchnama series once again, and that was perhaps the biggest reason many film enthusiasts were waiting for the film with bated breath. A couple of days before the release of the film, Eastern Eye correspondent caught up with Kartik for a freewheeling chat about the film, his co-stars, and much more.

Are you nervous before the release of your film?

No, there is no nervousness. I am really excited and looking forward to the release of the film. We recently released a song called ‘Dil Chori’ and it received more than 100 million views on YouTube, which in itself is a big deal. The response to the trailer is really good.

There seems to be a big conflict amongst all the three leading characters in the film.

The conflict here is shown in a different angle. The topic on which this film is made has yet not been explored in Bollywood films; the bromance vs romance scenario is quite new. So there will be conflicts as its quite common in everybody’s life to have one.

Have you ever experienced any situation like the characters in the movie?

Yes, I experienced something frustrating like that where I couldn’t tell my friend that the girl he was dating didn’t seem right for him. He was my best friend and I regretted the whole situation that I could not tell him that there is something wrong. After one year in the marriage, he himself explored and understood what was wrong. In real life, you get stuck in situations like these and you keep silent about other people’s relationship as you might be wrong at times.

How has it been working with Luv Ranjan?

This is my fourth time working with him. He is someone who has taught me so many things. He has a belief in me that I am capable of being a good actor. Before, I have been repeatedly rejected and sometimes even rejected to give an audition. I was never given a chance to prove myself but he was someone who trusted me when I auditioned for Pyaar Ka Punchnama. He is one person who has given me that belief and together we are doing our best to give good films to our audience. My relationship with him is that of a mentor and student, therefore, I never stop learning from him.

Could you tell us how was it working with Nushrat Bharucha? This is your fourth film with her.

I worked with her for the first time in Pyaar Ka Punchnama. Initially, we couldn’t break the ice as it was my first film and she had more experience comparatively. But during the shooting of the film, we formed a bond. As a co-worker, she has been a great support. Along with that, she has also been a good friend. We have known each other for around 6 years now.

What has been the most challenging thing that you have done in your career so far?

The point where we had to achieve a long scene in one shot! The monologue, which you saw in Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, was 112 pages long, so trying to perfect that monologue with emotions in one shot was a difficult task. One fumble and you have to do everything from the start and you get frustrated with that one. While I was doing the monologue, the first take went smoothly. But when we decided to do the scene again for backup, I had to retake because by the tenth page I fumbled and doing the scene all over again when you were so close to the end caused a little frustration.

So what helped you there?

The confidence I gained when I did it the first time. It was the first time I did that and if I could do it then, it means I could do it again. In the film it ran for 7 minutes, they cut 5 minutes of it. It was longer than 12 minutes, but it was edited down and the final product was 7 minutes long.

Do you feel any pressure to deliver?

I have never been nervous about my performance because I keep in mind that I will always achieve what I want in terms of performance. I want to live up to the expectations of the audience and if I don’t, that would leave me unsatisfied but thankfully my performances so far have been liked. Whether or not the film works is something which is out of my hand.

Do you ever feel typecast because you have been doing a certain kind of roles ever since the beginning of your career?

I know some people say that I am kind of doing the same thing. But I have to say that it’s working and at the end of the day people are enjoying. The audience liked when they saw the Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2. They enjoyed when they saw the trailer of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and it’s totally different in terms of the relations between the characters. This might be, for me, the most commercially viable film and it is important. This is my strong point and if in the future I was offered a similar film like this it would be easy for me.

You went through a physical transformation for the film, could you elaborate on that?

Luv sir usually prefers that the characters of the film look normal as we look in our day to day life. He does not like ripped characters. Though, for a song, he wanted me to look a certain way – more ripped and fit. In the whole film, you see me like any other normal looking guy except for the song by YoYo Honey Singh. For that sequence, I took up dieting and trained with Prashant Sawant.

How do you feel that your last film, Guest Iin London, did not do well despite your performance receiving good reviews?

That was a big opportunity for me, and I always feel disheartened by the fact that it didn’t do well. I feel even if your performance was well, the film needs to work well too. I feel the distributors and the producers should get their money’s worth. Sometimes films do good sometimes they don’t, I am ok with my choices.  You can never predict how the film will work.

If a remake of a classic film is made today, which film would you like it to be and what role would you like to play in it?

I think the movie Darr starring Shah Rukh Khan. I would like to play the role of an anti-hero. I really liked the fact that during that time Shah Rukh sir looked innocent and yet he was able to achieve that role and played it spectacularly.

If you get a chance to work in a biopic, which personality would you like to play on screen?

I want to be a part of Akshay Kumar Sir’s biopic. I admire how he overcame all challenges and made a mark in the industry. He is my favourite actor.

You come from a non-film background. How did you parents feel about you being an actor?

At first, I didn’t even tell my parents that I wanted to be an actor. I decided that until something happens in my acting career I won’t tell them anything. I told them only after I landed Pyaar Ka Punchnama.