Be it the success of his horror-comedy Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, the media hype over his private life, or the truth that he managed to steal the present on Koffee With Karan (with out even showing on it), there is no such thing as a disputing Kartik Aaryan’s stardom.
2022 has been a game-changer for the engineering graduate-turned-actor from Gwalior, who has despatched Bollywood reeling along with his outspoken nature, affable persona, and most significantly, his on-screen triumphs. During a 12 months when the trade has struggled largely to make sense of what makes the box-office tick, Kartik appears to have cracked the code… in additional methods than one.
After a decade of taking part in (principally) the humorous, rapscallion boy-next-door on-screen ( Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Luka Chuppi, Pati Patni Aur Woh) — since he first debuted with the rom-com Pyaar Ka Punchnama — the 32-year-old now faucets into a brand new aspect of his performing expertise, with an experimental function in his subsequent, director Shashanka Ghosh’s Freddy.
Playing the function of an introverted dentist who could be hiding a darkish secret, the star says that he pushed his boundaries each mentally and bodily for the half, which could simply mark a brand new journey within the profession of Kartik, the actor.
Excerpts from an interview:
The preliminary footage of ‘Freddy’ that we’ve seen appears to point a darkish, atmospheric serial killer drama, alongside the strains of a present like Michael C. Hall‘s ‘Dexter’. Is it probably the most advanced function you might have taken on?
Yes, for certain. What you’ve seen within the teasers is his journey in direction of coming into that path. It goes from being a slice-of-life movie to a darkish setting with a complete new vibe. It’s a personality I’ve by no means performed earlier than; he oscillates between black or white. The response has already been humongous to Freddy, particularly since this can be a style that’s not so prevalent in our movies.
People have been consuming exhibits and flicks on this area that come from Hollywood or different nations, and I’m glad a personality like this got here my manner right here.
You revealed that you simply gained 14 kgs to play Freddy… What was the reasoning behind this physique transformation?
It’s extra to do with showcasing my physique language the way in which the director imagined the character to be; he needed me to appear to be somebody who’s a complete loner, missing confidence and who doesn’t come throughout as enticing. Freddy could be a superb dentist, however outdoors his job, he doesn’t have the rest occurring in any respect. He can’t even maintain a dialog with a good friend, not to mention a woman. He simply goes to work within the morning and comes house at evening. So we needed the physique kind, the gestures, the paunch and the hunch to all help an genuine illustration of his character. No physique lifting as such! ( laughs)
Whenever an archetypal actor/ hero performs a unfavourable lead character on-screen in our movies, there’s a tendency to glorify that function and justify their actions nevertheless notorious they could be. Did this play on our thoughts whenever you accepted the movie?
I perceive the place you’re coming from, however there’s completely no glorification of my character in Freddy. Once you watch it, you’ll realise it your self. Yes, there’s an arc that goes into that darkish area, however it’s purely a piece of fiction and the viewers is wise sufficient to know that. It’s purely leisure for them to get pleasure from, to not imbibe of their actual lives; they know what is correct or improper.
Look at even somebody like Shah Rukh Khan sir; he did movies like Darr and Baazigar even in that period and everybody liked him in these movies. Just as a result of a famous person did these movies, does it imply we should always comply with their actions? Of course not; it’s the identical with Freddy. And scripts want these sorts of characters too; that’s why Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2wanted a Manjulika (Tabu). Otherwise, we wouldn’t have villains in our movies. (smiles)
I positively really feel a way of accountability with the way in which I’m and carry myself off-screen and within the public area, however on-screen, I ought to have the liberty to play any function I would like, proper?
You had one of many 12 months’s greatest Bollywood hits with ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ that catapulted you to stardom. What do you assume you’ve accomplished proper that lots of your contemporaries have struggled with?
I do know (touchwood) that there’s a sense of fandom and euphoria occurring round me and my movies in the mean time. I’m conscious that it’s occurred to somebody in Bollywood after some time, and I couldn’t be extra grateful. I’m completely blessed that, from younger youngsters to grandparents, everybody appears to have a perception system that one thing shall be there for them to relish in my movies.
Without placing anybody else down — I by no means need to try this — I really imagine it’s as a result of I attempt to be the toughest employee within the room. That ethic is one thing that has assured loads of issues for me. The trade can sense it too. They know that I give 200 per cent to the movies I decide to; I get into each side of the initiatives, with many questions on even the little particulars.
When Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 launched earlier this 12 months, the trade nonetheless was doing low-key promotions as we had been simply recovering from the pandemic. But I knew I needed to go full throttle and go that additional mile to ensure folks got here to the theatres. I left no stone unturned. Loads of thought – and work – goes into each choice I make. That’s why, be it a BB2, or Freddy or the upcoming Shehzada… all these movies are monitoring the way in which they’re.
Your subsequent movie ‘Shehzada’ is the remake of Allu Arjun’s Telugu blockbuster ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’; how is it shaping up? Any plans to behave in a regional movie within the close to future?
He (Allu Arjun) is fabulous and an unimaginable act to comply with, however I do imagine my greatest USP is that I’ve my very own sense of fashion. I showcase that in all my movies. Despite it being a remake, I’ll be doing my very own factor with the scenes, aided by the director’s help and imaginative and prescient. I’m simply making an attempt to do good movies and tales, blended with my very own character and the way in which I’m.
And sure, I’m making an attempt to do a straight movie down south as properly!
Freddy premieres December 2 on Disney+ Hotstar