Stars are… As many, celebs and critics alike, prepare their epitaphs of superstardom (Karan Johar, Matt Damon, Jennifer Aniston), there are still a few who have fandoms, enthusiastic crowds, and enormous openers. Kartik Aaryan is one of many stars in waiting.
two filmmakers who had watched him grow from a middle-class Gwalior lad to an actor. Kartik has distinguished himself and inspired young performers from India’s heartland. What made Kartik succeed when lakhs fail in a competitive film industry?
Anees Bazmee labels Kartik a “mehnati ladka” (hard working boy).
“I thought Kartik was good after watching Pyaar Ka Punchnama. I love new actors, so I asked my staff for his contact info. I praised his work. He recalled. When I offered him this film, he accepted. He always laughs and makes people laugh. I remember how he used to meet me for teas at my office while we were writing Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 so we could get to know one other and tune.”
Anees deems Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 a turning point in the actor’s career; what he does next will affect his work.” Kartik works hard,” he says. Post-pandemic films weren’t working, but Bhool Bhulaiya 2 did miracles. Everyone knows he’s a good actor, and practically all his films have been hits, but this one is a turning point.”
Anees has worked with Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, and Anil Kapoor, thus could he compare them to Kartik? Anees claims, “They don’t take their audience or their job for granted, and they put in a lot of effort.”
Anees advises the budding star to stay grounded and make smart choices when choosing scripts and collaborators. “I believe that the chair you’re sitting on did not arrive by chance. Because you put in a lot of effort to earn it, it is rightfully yours. I’ve worked with Akshay, and Ajay… and I’ve learned that hard work pays off. Kartik’s attention and groundedness make him unique.
Anees has followed Kartik’s work since his debut film and called him to give comments and praise, but did he expect this growth? Good acting comes before stardom. Without talent, stardom won’t last. He must make the correct decisions now. Here, a character’s choices matter. The tales he chooses and the individuals he works with will be important. I’ve seen the biggest names in the industry make bad decisions at this time in their careers and pay a high price for it. He’s smart and hopefully won’t allow his success to go to his head.
Director Tanuja Chandra deems Kartik a sharp and observant performer. Silver is his sole short in a 10-year career. On being asked how she perceived Kartik as an actor, she directed him when he was raw and new in the business. Did she think he would become an actor of this standing? According to Tanuja, “I enjoyed working with Kartik because he played a serious and romantic role.”His acting and gaze were sweet and honest. Tanuja says she hopes he keeps pushing himself and plays as many diverse personas as he can.
Tanuja remembers how Kartik was always enthusiastic and obedient. “He follows instructions well,” she says. He listens carefully and then acts on what he hears. I enjoyed working with him, and Silva viewers did too.” Tanuja remembers Kartik being particularly observant on set: “I would play out sections and he would watch and absorb intensely. “He used my vocal tone sometimes.”