Kartik Aaryan reveals the success of “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2”

The resounding success of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ cemented popular Indian actor Kartik Aaryan’s position in Bollywood’s A-list.

In the horror-comedy film, an independent sequel to ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ (2007), circumstances cause Aaryan’s character to pose as a psychic and he is tasked with exorcising a malevolent spirit (Tabu) from an abandoned mansion. Produced by T-Series Films (“Anek”) and Cine1 Studios (“Kabir Singh”), the film is released worldwide on May 20. At that time, Bollywood, which produced films in the Hindi language, was reeling from a wave of flops. , with only the Hindi-dubbed versions of Telugu-language film “RRR” and Kannada-language film “KGF: Chapter 2” attracting audiences.

“Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2,” made in the Hindi language, grossed $34 million, making it the second-highest-grossing language for 2022 after “The Kashmir Files,” which grossed $45 million. The film then began streaming on Netflix where it is currently No. 3 in the global non-English film charts.

“Our intention was clear when we were doing ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ that the entertainment quotient has to be up there,” Aaryan said. Variety. “We created a world that you would be sucked into when you walk into the theatre. And when you enter the world of ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’, you have to believe that it can happen and only then you can enjoy it. And that’s what we succeeded in doing. »

“In Bollywood or in the Hindi film industry, we create dreams. We want people to walk into a theater and start believing what we are actually trying to sell there or present,” Aaryan added. “The public has gotten really smart. They’re only going to spend money and go to the theater if they think this is a good movie, and they realize that. Either way, they’ll know if it’s a good movie or a bad movie. It’s not about larger than life cinema, it’s more about content.

Alongside Aaryan, Tabu’s (“Andhadhun”) performance was widely praised. “She is a powerful talent. And just being with her and having a conversation with her, or playing and rehearsing with her, was a learning experience for me,” Aaryan said. “Watching her play in front of me was a treat. »

(LR) Raayo S. Bakhirta, Divyendu Sharma, Kartik Aaryan – “Pyaar Ka Punchnama”
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Unlike many of his contemporaries, Aaryan does not belong to a Bollywood dynasty. The son of medical parents, he is originally from Gwalior, in central India. To pursue his dream of being a Bollywood star, he had to move to Mumbai, where the Hindi film industry is based. However, for his parents, Aaryan’s education was paramount. So the aspiring actor found another scheme, he applied to institutions in Mumbai and secured admission to an engineering college on the outskirts of the city.

Once in the big city, and not having much industry connections, Aaryan Googled acting jobs and commuted for hours to auditions. After facing several rejections, during the second year of his engineering degree, Aaryan came across a casting call for rookie director Luv Ranjan’s “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” on Facebook. The problem was that the audition date coincided with a key academic exam at her university.

“I had to make a choice between my exam and this audition. And I went to the audition. At first they rejected me. Then they kept auditioning me, rejecting me, auditioning me and finally they gave me the contract. And if I had participated in this exam, I would never have participated in the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ audition,” Aaryan said. In the male bonding comedy, Aaryan was cast as one of the three leads.

“Pyaar Ka Punchnama” (2011), co-produced and distributed by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, proved to be a sleeper hit and its 2015 sequel “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” was also a success. Aaryan’s landmark film was the 2018 comedic love triangle “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”, also directed by Ranjan, which was one of the biggest hits of the year. Aaryan says the success of “Sonu” has led him to receive a variety of offers.

Subsequent satire “Luka Chuppi” and “Pati Patni Aur Woh,” a remake of the 1978 comedy classic of the same name, were hits in 2019 for Aaryan, who also starred in the Netflix film “Dhamaka. (2021), an adaptation of Korean Thriller “The Terror Live”.

“It’s tough, you really have to earn a lot before you get into the same room – it’s as simple as that,” Aaryan said of breaking into Bollywood’s elite ranks. “After a while I stopped thinking about it, whether you’re an underdog or an insider – I just started thinking about working on my craft, working on my talent and working with blinders on and not thinking about nothing else,” Aaryan said.

“If I have a chance now, I think a lot of foreigners will eventually have a chance, and the industry has actually become very welcoming of foreigners when it comes to their talent,” Aaryan added.

Aaryan’s upcoming romantic thriller, “Freddy,” from filmmaker “Veere Di Wedding” Shashanka Ghosh, is nearing completion. “Shehzada,” a remake of the 2020 Telugu hit “Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo” by Rohit Dhawan (“Dishoom”) begins its final filming schedule imminently. Next came an untitled film by Sameer Vidwans (“Anandi Gopal”) and “Captain India,” a patriotic film by Hansal Mehta (“Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story”).

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