Kartik Aaryan’s first break was in 2011 with ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’. With the sequel having released this year, the actor is now looking to move on from cinema which is purely aimed at the youth section of the audience.
BizAsia had the unique opportunity to talk to Aaryan post the success of ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’.
How do you feel after the release of ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’?
I feel content and nervous at the same time because the success ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’��has raised the expectations of the audience and I know that now I have to work harder to fulfil their expectations. My inbox is full of congratulatory messages from the people with whom I always wanted to work with. I�۪m overwhelmed and feeling blessed. Also, the success of ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’��has opened new doors and opportunities for me which is really exciting.
The monologues of your characters in both films have been recognised. Did you have to prepare much for them?
My monologue has been the highlight or USP of ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’��and ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’. When I did it in ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’, this was first time an actor was doing a scene like this and we didn�۪t know that it will become such a rage. So when part two was being written, the makers retained the monologue and, yes, I had to prepare a lot both the times, especially the second time. Ironically, I had only a week to prepare for this one which was longer and more difficult to perform.
Were you nervous about their length?
When I saw the monologue in ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’��during the dubbng stage, I requested my director to remove it or shorten the length because I thought it might go wrong and the audience would get bored. I am glad he didn�۪t do that. That same monologue has made me popular among the youth and, after the second monologue, people have started calling me King of Monologues and names like that which is quite flattering.
If there was a part three made, would you be open to starring in it?
‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’��is a cult film and it has given me a unique identity and made me whatever I am today. It�۪s all because of this franchise. So, if my director Luv Ranjan is going to make part three then I will definitely do it.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt from acting in both movies? (While shooting or after the releases)
Today’s audiences have become choosy about films more than us actors and they are really clever. They like to go and spend money on films which are sensible, different and entertaining. Now they don�۪t want to watch mindless films. That’s the reason films like ‘Pyaar ka Punchnama’ or films which are content-driven do well and I, as an actor, would love to do films where content is king.
Do you have a wish-list of actresses you’d like to work with?
I would like to work with Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor. Both are amazing actresses.
Has there been any film lately which you feel you would have wanted to be a part of?
Yes, I wish i could get a film like ‘Barfi’ (2012). Ranbir Kapoor was amazing in that film.
What would be your dream role?
I would like to request to Karan Johar to remake ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ (1998) and I would like to play Shah Rukh Khan�۪s role in it. It�۪s one of my all-time favourite films and I�۪m huge fan of Shah Rukh Khan. It would be a perfect combo for me.
What is next for you?
I�۪m reading scripts. I�۪m happy that post ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’, people are approaching me for different kind of films from out-and-out commercial rom-coms to small city centric stories. There are a few scripts which I have liked and there will be announcement soon.
BizAsia would like to thank Kartik Aaryan for taking the time to talk to us.