Kartik Aaryan On Struggling Days: Use To Crop My Face Out Of Group Photos To Send To Agents

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 04 December 2019, 09:43 AM
Kartik Aaryan Opens Up About Past Struggle
Kartik Aaryan Opens Up About Past Struggle (Photo Credit : Twitter )

Busy promoting Pati Patni Aur Woh in addition to other films queued up for his next project, Kartik Aaryan appears to be on the speed dial of filmmakers. With filmmakers eyeing him for their next film, the star appears to have got what it takes to bring in big bucks at the box office. However, amidst all the glitz and glamour, the star’s rise to stardom has not always been a bed of roses.  

Speaking with Humans Of Bombay, the star spoke about how he paved his own path and which star prompted him to join the film industry. Revealing that it was Shah Rukh Khan’s Baazigar that made him want to become an actor, he said,

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“I was born in the small town of Gwalior. My parents were in the medical field & I was going to do engineering. But in 9th grade, I saw Baazigar & I knew I wanted to be on the other side of the screen. I was unsure of my parents’ reaction—so I decided to study till 12th in Gwalior & then go to college in Mumbai. Luckily I got into a college in Navi Mumbai. I stayed in a hostel & searched for auditions. I had no contacts, so I’d type keywords like, ‘Actor Needed’ on Facebook. I’d travel for 6 hours 3-4 times a week for auditions. At times, I’d be rejected from outside the studio because I didn’t ‘look the part’. But I still had hope. Soon I got projects like a few seconds in an ad & they kept me going. Eventually I rented a flat in Andheri with 12 boys. I had limited finances. I couldn’t even afford a portfolio—I’d crop my face out of group photos to send to agents! All the while I’d skip college to give auditions & my parents didn’t know about any of this. Once I saw an ad for a film audition & decided to go for it. They liked me & auditioned me many times. My final audition script was the monologue that then became my identity! Finally, when I got the role, I was at Andheri station & immediately called my mom! She couldn’t believe it! After 2 & a half years of struggle, what I had imagined as a possibility, was now a reality. After Pyaar Ka Punchama, there still weren’t many opportunities. I stayed in the same flat with 12 boys till my third film! At the time, my mom was adamant I finish my degree, so while shooting, I gave my exams—& people in the exam hall were clicking photos with me! But I understood that she wanted my future to be secure. After Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, it all changed! Life has come full circle now—recently when I was in Gwalior, I was invited to my school as chief guest & kids were chanting my name! It was surreal! But what I have today, would’ve never come my way, if I hadn’t believed that I’d make it. I’m grateful for where I am & I know I have a long way to go. Sometimes all of it still feels unbelievable—from this point on, the possibilities just seem endless & my dreams, are just waiting to come true.”

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“I was born in the small town of Gwalior. My parents were in the medical field & I was going to do engineering. But in 9th grade, I saw Baazigar & I knew I wanted to be on the other side of the screen,”

“Luckily I got into a college in Navi Mumbai. I stayed in a hostel & searched for auditions. I had no contacts, so I’d type keywords like, ‘Actor Needed’ on Facebook. I’d travel for 6 hours 3-4 times a week for auditions. At times, I’d be rejected from outside the studio because I didn’t ‘look the part’. But I still had hope,” he said.

Not even being able to afford to make a portfolio, Kartik reveals “I had limited finances. I couldn’t even afford a portfolio—I’d crop my face out of group photos to send to agents! All the while I’d skip college to give auditions & my parents didn’t know about any of this’’.

Still relieving the moment when he got his big break at Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Kratik says, “They liked me & auditioned me many times. My final audition script was the monologue that then became my identity! Finally, when I got the role, I was at Andheri station & immediately called my mom! She couldn’t believe it! After 2 & a half years of struggle, what I had imagined as a possibility, was now a reality.”

With struggling days behind him, Kartik, now one of the most sought-after star has lines of films queued up that includes Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal sequel, Anees Bazmee’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Collin D’Cunha’s Dostana 2.

First Published: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 09:35 AM
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