Getting to be loved as one of the Bollywood’s cutest, hottest and a bankable actor was no cakewalk for Pyaar Ka Punchanama actor, Kartik Aaryan. In fact, the actor has revealed that there was a point where his self-esteem and confidence was almost gone and he had begged a filmmaker to not throw him out of a film.
Speaking about his journey from being a struggling nobody to the monologue guy and finally being recognized as Kartik Aaryan, the actor said that there was a time when he just broke down and called his mother up crying. Revealing the incidents of his journey in an interview to Filmfare, Kartik said, “After queuing up for hours for auditions and then being told in front of everyone, ‘Go. You’re not fit,’ was humiliating. It breaks your self-confidence.”
He further added, “A popular casting director would ignore me. He’d say, ‘Iska kuch nahin ho sakta. He won’t get work even in ads and serials. He’s wasting his time. He’ll end up struggling all his life.’ However, the same casting director later realized his mistake when he saw one of his films. He called me and said, ‘I’m extremely sorry. The only time I went wrong in my whole career was with you. You proved me wrong’.”
Revealing how he landed up in the role for Pyaar Ka Punchanama, Kartik said, “I read about the auditions of Pyaar Ka Punchnama on one of the FB walls. I had no money to make a portfolio. So I cropped my pictures from the college album and sent it to them. They called me for the auditions. The process carried on for six months. Finally, Punchnama happened. My monologue from the film went viral. It was on everyone’s phone. It was trending everywhere – on FB as well. It’s funny that the same platform, which led me to the Punchnama audition, brought me fame. People started calling me ‘the monologue boy’. The film became a sleeper hit.”
Kartik concluded by saying that there was a time when he was almost afraid of losing the film. “My autorickshaw overturned and my leg got stuck in it. I was badly injured. I was taken to the hospital on a cycle by strangers. I called my mom and began crying that I’d lose the film. When director Luv Ranjan and producers Kumar Mangat and Abhishek Pathak came to see me that night, I begged them, ‘Sir please mujhe film se mat nikalna’. Thankfully, they waited for me.”
On the professional front, Kartik has Pati Patni Aur Woh and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 in the making.