How Kartik Aaryan struggled to achieve stardom in Bollywood!

Updated: 22 November, 2020 09:25 IST | Pratiksha Mestry
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    Kartik Tiwari (later changed to Aaryan) was born on November 22, 1990, in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Both his parents are doctors; father is a paediatrician, and mother, Mala, is a gynaecologist. In picture: Kartik Aaryan celebrated his father's birthday together. The actor is quite close to his parents, and his social media feed is proof enough. (All pictures/Kartik Aaryan's Instagram handle)

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    After completing his schooling from Gwalior, Kartik Aaryan moved to Navi Mumbai to pursue his further studies as an engineer. Just like any other actor, Kartik came to the city of dreams with a huge baggage of aspirations. But it was his dedication and talent that made him different among other aspiring actors. In picture: Shared by Kartik Aaryan, in this picture, he credited his mother for an impeccable hairstyle. Cute, isn't it?

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    Kartik Aaryan pursued an engineering degree in biotechnology from Navi Mumbai's D Y Patil College of Engineering, while secretly harbouring ambitions for a career in films. During his Koffee With Karan debut, Kartik Aaryan confessed that he would skip his classes and travel for two hours by local trains to attend auditions, which used to take place in Mumbai suburbs. In picture: Every time, before leaving the house, Kartik's mom makes sure to follow the tradition like any Indian family.

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    Kartik Aaryan started taking modelling assignments while pursuing his education in Navi Mumbai. The actor unsuccessfully auditioned for various films during his university days, and meanwhile, he also did an acting course from the Kreating Charakters institute.

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    He informed his parents of his desire to become an actor only after he signed his first film, Pyaar Ka Punchnaama, in 2011. Well, Kartik Aaryan made his Bollywood debut while he was still in college.

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    The actor bagged his first silver screen role when he was in his third year of college; the film co-starred Divyendu Sharma, Raayo S Bakhirta, and Nushrratt Bharuccha, which revolved around the romantic tribulations faced by three young men and how their life turns upside down when they start dating three dominating women.

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    Only a few know that the actor, due to financial constraints back then, lived in an apartment with 12 other aspiring actors. Kartik Aaryan also accepted that he used to travel all the way to Mumbai daily by local trains to audition for the roles until Luv Ranjan found the talent in him. He also said that the four-minute monologue in Pyaar Ka Punchnaama was one of the lengthiest single shots done for a Hindi film to that point.

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    The actor kept on getting films with similar genres, and two years later, Kartik Aaryan went on to play the romantic interest of the lead female characters in Akaash Vani (2013) and Kaanchi: The Unbreakable (2014), but the films did not perform well commercially.

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    Once again, in 2015, Kartik Aaryan collaborated with Luv Ranjan and Nushrratt Bharuccha for two more rom-coms, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (2015) and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018), both of which were box-office hits. The latter emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of 2018 and proved to be a breakthrough for the actor.

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    Kartik Aaryan has had a decent journey ever since. After giving the audience a blockbuster hit with Luka Chuppi, he was seen alongside Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday Pati Patni Aur Woh.

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    While talking about the success and love he has received from the audience, Kartik Aaryan said in an interview: "I was shooting for 'Luka Chuppi' in my hometown Gwalior that time. I felt like life has come to the full circle because that's where I dreamt of becoming an actor. The kind of reaction and love people of Gwalior showered upon me while shooting for the film was out of this world. It feels really happy to shoot for a film in your own hometown."

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    Sharing his journey so far in Bollywood, Kartik Aaryan wishes to break the monotony about the characters he has played until now. The actor said in an interview: "I feel comedy is the most difficult thing to do. I feel happy when people enjoy my work. I like thrillers and the anti-hero zone. I love watching them. I would like to do something in this, other than comedy."

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    He has also been roped in for the popular character of a ghostbuster played by Akshay Kumar in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Kartik Aaryan was elated to be a part of a horror-comedy. In an interview with mid-day, the actor said how fun it was to shoot for the first look. "Bhool Bhulaiyaa has been one of my favourite horror comedies. Being part of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 makes me happy, especially because I've been a big fan of Akshay Kumar sir. It's a big responsibility to take his franchise forward."

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    In one of his Instagram posts, while opening up about his journey so far, Kartik Aaryan said, "When you first dream of being in films, you act in front of the mirror and nail it every time, and the world of movies seems magical? Then you get a movie. You see the camera and are unnerved. It's bigger than the suitcase you brought to Mumbai. The bright lights seem to be scolding you for not landing on a one-inch tape mark and wasting everyone's time."

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    "The first few years become about trying not to look nervous? Then you get an Imtiaz Ali movie. The moment he narrates the story, you are pulled into a dream. I don't even remember seeing the camera on his set, he'd always be standing wherever I looked after cut. He was never at the monitor, he was by my side. The lights on Imtiaz Ali's set help you find those tape marks," he added, whose last film was Love Aaj Kal 2.

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    Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Kartik Aaryan!

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About The Gallery

It's Kartik Aaryan's birthday on November 22. As the heartthrob of the nation turns 30 this year. Well, the actor started his career with Pyaar Ka Punchnaama, a Luv Ranjan production, and ever since then, Kartik and his popularity has seen no bounds. Here's a look at some candid photos of Kartik, from his younger days.

First Published: 19 August, 2019 16:31 IST