Kartik Aaryan: I don't care about my link rumors. I am in a happy space
Kartik Aaryan He is addicted to social networks. Ask him if he can survive without his phone and the answer is perhaps for five minutes. Therefore, it was a task to get him away from his phone and concentrate on the interview. But once he started talking, the outfit of a movie star disappeared and what emerged was a boy from a small town, who loves movies and delights in the new fame he has achieved. Kartik told us about sunrelations, repeated high-value monologues and his next movie Pati Patni Aur Woh (PPAW), directed by Mudassar Aziz . Keep reading ...
You clearly cannot run out of your phone, are you a social media addict?
Yes, I can't run out of my phone even for five minutes, after that I have withdrawal symptoms. I am addicted to social networks. Of course, I also work a lot on my phone, but it should reduce the time on my phone. I barely sleep two hours these days. My parents get upset when they see this routine.
Many people believe that, over time, social networks have to do with validation. Director Imtiaz Ali once said: It gives you an illusion of importance. Your thoughts? It depends on how you perceive it. I like to click on the images, use filters and publish them. I don't do it to look for importance or call virtual attention. That I wear in real life. There is a kind of peace in this madness of social networks. We are all invested in it, but it has nothing to do with validation. It is a great tool to interact directly with your fans or colleagues. You can show your character off screen to your fans. Fortunately, I mostly receive positive comments and whenever they outnumber the negative ones, that's fine. I also see everything that has been written about me as constructive criticism, since it helps me a lot. At the end of the day, you can't impress everyone.
PPAW presents the remake of the hit song of 1998, Ankhiyon Se Goli Mare, which presented Raveena Tandon and Govinda Farah Khan, who choreographed your new song, told us that you must be a filmi keeda to get a song like this ...
(Short) Except for my background, everything is filmi about me. I have grown up in Hindi movies and have had that keeda in me since childhood. I was happy that Farah ma'am choreographed that song. She is one of the most commercial directors and choreographers we have. She has no filter and I like that about her. The steps of the song have a massive appeal, and that is what I like most about it.
It is good that the actors have a massive appeal. But at the same time, the massive term is frowned upon by a section of people ...
All our superstars have a massive appeal. I am not elitist in my choice of cinema. As an actor, I want to reach a wider audience. I have danced on the rooftops to promote my songs, I love being huge. I do not see it negatively. Massy Hona is not everyone's cup of tea, since you need to have that connection with a wider audience. Whether Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018), Luka Chuppi and now PPAW, in addition to being commercial artists, they also have good content. The content must be relatable and entertaining. I am happy to get these massive movies because they give me the opportunity to reach more people. I like movies that are a good mix of content and commercial entertainment.
After the Pyaar Ka Punchnama series, you became popular for your monologues. Even today, people ask you to repeat those lines ...
Wherever I go, they tell me to say these monologues, and there is nothing to complain about. Many people crave identity, and I feel blessed that since my first movie, my monologues became popular. I had no contacts in the industry, no big banner threw me and yet I realized, thanks to these monologues. I am proud of my movies. Whether people like it or not, it is their decision. I do Akaash Vani (2013) after Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011), which was a completely different film. Between the Punchnama movies, I did a short film called Silvat, directed by Tanuja Chandra , and that was critically acclaimed. I've done a mix of movies, but like Punchnama and Sonu Ke ... they did well, those movies stand out more.
His monologue at PPAW came under the scanner to trivialize marital rape ...
My second film Akaash Vani dealt with marital monkfish. It addressed a significant issue, I would never trivialize something as sensitive as that. That was never our intention. The monologue has been rectified. I don't want to hurt anyone’s sentiments. I am an actor. I am not a producer, director or writer and I don't tend to interfere, but I would never want to hurt anyone’s sentiments while doing my job. I am just waiting for the film to release so that people know that we never intended to hurt anyone. The audience’s validation is most important to me.
On a lighter note, are you single?
I don't talk about my personal life.
Do you believe in marriage?
I believe in the institution of marriage and I think I will be a great husband. I will take good care of my wife and be honest with her.
PPAW is about a boy who gets caught between two girls. There were also similar rumors about your real life. How do you react to these stories?
I have become so accustomed to these rumors that one day, if you do not write these stories about me, I will feel that something is wrong. There is nothing to deal with. I am in a happy space and I am constantly working. I don't care about my link rumors. My mind is busy with how I can push the envelope with my work. In regards to PPAW, it is a modern version of relationships.
What do you think has worked for you as an actor and what should you work on?
My strength is my relatability. I am the boy next door, with whom people can identify. I think that works for me. But sometimes, I can't communicate what I really want to say to people. I can't express myself openly. I think that is my biggest weakness.