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The 5 Films That Prove Kartik Aaryan Is Here To Stay

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Kartik Aaryan

After  a  spectacular  start Kartik Aaryan’s career  dipped when films like Subhash Ghai’s Kaanchi and  Ashwin Chowdhary  Guest  In London proved cold turkeys. But thereafter  Kartik  seen only  success  and  nothing can keep him down. Here the 5 finest from Kartik.

  1. Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011):  Playing Rajat , a.k.a Rajjo, Kartik’s  stole the show  from his  co-stars Divyendu Sharma and  Raayo S. Bakhirta  who unfortunately  got left far behind as  Kartik’s  Rajjo caught the  nation’s attention . It was  a performance that  youngsters connected with , of a  guy totally dominated by his girlfriend to the  point  of asphyxiation. The  role and  the character and his relationship with his girlfriend reminded me of a certain actor who is no more with us, and whose live-in similarly  smothered him.
  2. Akaash Vaani(2013): In one of the film’s high dramatic moments shot on a small deserted railway station in the night, the film’s protagonists,Kartik and  Nushrat Bharucha, now estranged by  an unfortunate series of circumstances, sit on the bench and…well, they sob. Yes, they simply cry their hearts out. First, the girl. Then in a melancholic celebration of the me-too syndrome, the boy, now alas no longer a boy(and he smokes to prove it) also breaks into little sobs that build up into a wail as the shehnai, indicative of  a cruel marital joke, plays in the background.. Though the film  belongs to the female protagonist , Kartik Aaryan manages to hold his own with an sensitive  empathetic performance far removed from what he attempted in the director’s Pyaar Ka Punchnaama.Someone  should cast  him as  a  modernday Devdas.
  3. Pyaar Ka Punchnaama 2(2015): Luv Ranjan’s follow-up to his 2011 sleeper hit again succeeded without the props. Ranjan used relatively new  but talented actors to address that age-old question: what do women want? Surprisingly even women loved this seemingly misogynist film with no Khans in the lead. The script and Kartik Aaryan were clearly the rock stars of the show. Kartik Aaryan’s ‘penis monologue'(as opposed to Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues) comes on full-throttle. By the time he  bursts into his phallic harangue we are so bloody hooked to the very familiar very mortifying and yet very comforting love life of our three protagonists that we are positively rooting for the underdogs.A big applause for the male victims of gender inequality. I came away with a huge chuckle and a deep sigh from the film, and with images of Kartik Aaryan’s ‘love dance’ with his deceiving girlfriend and her two sahelis. As Aaryan twirled and pirouetted with the ladies he seemed to be tokenizing the Great Modern Urban Tragedy.
  4. Luka  Chuppi(2019): Kartik’s  Guddu Shukla  trying desperately to  hide his live-in  relationship  with his girlfriend , was  a laugh riot. Displaying a  comic talent far  ahead  of   all the other  contemporary actors Kartik stole the show, low lock stock and  barrell. Kartik’s Guddu was endearingly guileless and eager to score. There are no kisses between Kartik Aryan and Kriti Sanon in this film. And yet they communicate a warm easygoing alliance that comes not from singing songs together but from recognizing your life partner for what she is.Most of the humour is generated organically and without making strenuous efforts to induce humour into social statement.Make no mistake about it. Luka Chuppi is a comedy with an underlying layer of dark satire and social statement on moral policing and communal biases in small towns.
  5. Silvat(2018): If you  haven’t seen  this 2018  digital  film  which you can easily  locate on  Zee5, you haven’t seen  what Kartik Aaryan  is   capable  of. We can safely  say it  is a tailormade role for the  young actor,. Playing a Muslim darzi in the crowded gully  of  what looks like Mumbai’s  Haji Ali locality, Kartik is  every bit Anwar,  the shy sensitive  tailor who develops  a secret passion for his  favourite  client: a  lonely abandoned wife  Noor(Meher Mistry) whose husband has  migrated to  Riyadh for  a job with nary  a glance back for the woman he has left behind. The  focus of  the passionate  plot, pulsating with unspoken ardour, is Noor. But it’s Kartik’s Anwar  who silently steals   the show.There is  no exhibition of outward passion here.And yet  so much is said through Anwar’s eyes. Every stolen glance is  laden with longing. When she asks if he would like  a cup of tea, Anwar knows  it’s just a  ruse to make him stay longer than his job allows.His reply to the  kind  offer, ‘Maine  kabhi  chai ke liya naa bola hai?’ says  everything without saying anything. This is Kartik’s only film with  a female  director.  It is evident that he blossoms  as  an actor  under  the female gaze.