Different folks may have different opinions about Pyaar Ka Punchnama-2 but most will agree that Kartik Aryan nailed the part as the pleasant boy-next-door troubled by his demanding girl friend. He was the only boy from the original who was retained for the sequel and he managed to charm his way through once again. In his four-film old career, Kartik has seen both highs and lows and with no godfather to count on, the boy from Gwalior says he is treading the path cautiously.
Excerpts from an interview:
As a concept, many have seen “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” as a one-sided affair loaded against girls? How did you approach it?
When I looked at the script, it was so innocently written that it won my heart. Every young person can relate to the concept as everyone has some gone through some kind of ordeal because of his girl friend. And it is one of a kind film where the filmmaker has shown one segment of the society and not the whole. So it cannot be said that all girls are like this but there are some girls out there who give men a hard time. And that’s why Luv (Ranjan) retained the same female cast in the sequel as shaitan ki shakl change nahi hoti. (The face of the evil doesn’t change) (laughs).
Also, I don’t think I will be judged as a person for playing Gogo.
Your long monologue has become the USP of the series. Tell us how you prepared for it.
I was selected for the original after months of audition process when I nailed the monologue in one go. But for the sequel I was given the eight-minute scene when I was shooting. It took five sleepless nights and seven-eight takes to achieve the right tone. I recorded it on my mobile and used to listen it daily while driving to work and before going to bed.
How much do you think your image of a charming boy next door has helped you in grabbing the role?
As a child, I was a total movie buff and used to fantasise myself as a “hero”(chuckles), but later when as I grew up I realised that I have to learn the mechanics of acting in order to take it as a profession. I think being charming is not the only reason in my case but the combination of luck, blessing and dedication that helped me to get my first role.
Being from a non-filmy-doctor family from Gwalior how was your struggle?
There are very few chances for a struggler like me with no filmy connection. I had this thing in mind that I will try my level best but if did not get success here; I have my education to bank upon. But opportunity came early to me when I was in college and no one has disliked my work so far. So it’s like a blessing for me. Even when Kaanchi and Aakash Vaani failed my work was appreciated.
With the success of films like Pyaar Ka Punchnama, do you think that audience’s engagement with cinema is changing?
Everyone is in a hurry for different reasons and no one wants to spare two hours for a sense less film. I think the audience is getting smarter day-by-day as they have different mediums for getting entertainment content. It is a filmmaker’s task to know the pulse of the audience, which is mainly youth, and make a film which retains their interest in the narrative. That was the task in the sequel too where Luv had to give something new to the audience when Pyaar Ka Punchnama as a universal concept was known to them.