Kartik Aaryan is on a high. It started when his Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety became a huge hit in 2018 and he has been lucky enough to carry on the form in 2019 too. His first release of the year Luka Chuppi, with Kriti Sanon was a pretty big hit and now, he is all set to repeat the act with Pati, Patni Aur Woh, the remake of the 1970s comedy starring Sanjeev Kumar. Kartik will be seen as a middle-class man, Chintu Tyagi, who is caught between his wife and girlfriend. Kartik's small-town man look with moustache had evoked a lot of curiosity when the posters and stills were first released on social media.
The actor himself seems to be happy with the response to the trailer. "Wherever we go for promotions - from big cities to smaller towns, the vibe is fantastic. It looks like the movie has sent out the right feel," he says.
The three big movies he has been seen in are all comedies and Kartik appears to have been stereotyped in the role of a smooth-talking yet somewhat confused young man caught in a relationship conundrum. But he doesn't mind. "I enjoy it," he says candidly. "Besides, I feel people enjoy watching me in such roles. Why not ride the wave?"
Though he hastens to add that his roles have had variations. "Chintu Tyagi is very different from what I have played so far. He is a married guy, leading a monotonous life. He works in a PWD office and quite lethargic too. I worked hard to get the appearance and dialogues of a Kanpur resident right. Thus far, I have played only urban characters. My next films will also see me in very different avatars. In February, Imtiaz Ali's film (with Sara Ali Khan) will release, then it will time for Bhool Bhulaiyya which is a desi ghostbuster and finally there is Dostana towards the end of the year.". In a nutshell, there will be a lot of Kartik Aaryan in 2020 too.
Talking about Pati, Patni Aur Woh, Kartik says the movie has been tailored to suit modern sensibilities, even if it is set in a small town. "I haven't watched the original. I got excited by the title when I was offered this film and then I made a conscious decision not to watch it. But it's been 40 years since it was made. And Indian cities have changed a lot. What is different in this version is that they are all strong characters. Be it the wife (played by Bhumi Pednekar) or Ananya's character, they are strong, independent-minded women. Even Chintu Tyagi, my character, has definite pros and cons. They all talk openly about their problems, there is no filter. Once you watch the film, you will realise there is a message too."
And his own relationship mantra? "Just be honest in your relationship. You should have time for the other person, that is what I believe in strongly." Take note, girls!