Kartik Aaryan, better known as 'Gogo' or 'Rajjo' from 'Pyaar Ka Panchnama' films, is slowly and steadily creating a niche for himself in Bollywood. The young actor has been receiving adulation from the audience as well the critics, courtesy his latest monologue from 'Pyaar Ka Panchnama 2'. The actor, who created a record by taking a 4- minute monologue in his Bollywood debut talks about his journey, the new found attention and his gender-sensitive monologue in an exclusive interview to with IBNLive Movies. Here are the excerpts from the interaction…
How do you feel when people request you to deliver the famous 'Panchnama' outburst?
I feel great! My dialogue is on the lines of 'Mere pass ma hai' from 'Deewar', although I am not Amitabh Bachchan but I bet every actor feels proud when they get an iconic dialogue. And that’s exactly what happens with me. This monologue is the longest dialogue ever spoken by any actor in Bollywood. The way the dialogue is penned depends on the writer but the responsibility of how it has to be delivered is on me. So I had to improvise a little on the way I delivered the dialogue.
Do you really believe in what you said during the monologue because if you dissect it looks down upon women?
I am in a film, portraying a certain character who is experiencing a certain phase in his life. What's in the film doesn’t have any impact on my thoughts. I do not hold any grudges against women. I do love and respect them a lot. We have always seen men playing villains in most
of the films but that doesn't mean every man is a villain in real life, similar is the case in 'Pyaar Ka Panchnama'. There are certain things in the monologue I relate to in different situations and there are things to which I disagree. The girls in the film are part of a story and therefore the dialogue has been written and spoken keeping them in mind
What do you have to say about the current wave of gender equality that is slowly becoming the most talked about topic in India?
I whole heartedly believe in gender equality. I come from the family that probably loves my sister more than me and I am grateful for that. I think women in India are beautiful, smart and hardworking, thus deserve equal opportunities to prove their metal. By giving them proper education we make them aware about the rights and opportunities they have. I like where the Bollywood is heading with gender equality, although a lot is still to be done.
You have done three films with Luv Ranjan, what is your equation with him?
Luv Ranjan is like an elder brother to me. I am an outsider in this industry and Luv is one of the few people who believed in me and my talent right from the start. He, Kumaar ji and Abhishek, have been very supportive and I feel blessed that I got a chance to work with them.
Let's talk about your journey. Does it feel surreal when you go back to your hometown Gwalior and people recognise you as a Bollywood star?
Yes it does! I came to Mumbai in hopes of becoming an actor like thousand others and had my share of struggles in this city. I knew no one in this industry, so i made Google and Facebook my tools. I used to search casting opportunities through internet, and even did a small advertisement through it. Then one day i saw a call on Facebook by 'Pyaar Ka Panchnama' casting director and this is how it started. I shared my photo and was called for the auditions that lasted for six months. Finally when I was selected for the film I called my parents from Andheri station crying and informing them about my dreams of becoming an actor. My parents had no idea about it and it was completely a filmy scene. Now when I go back to my city, people recognise me and that feels great, more than anything I feel satisfied. When fans come to me for a photograph it makes me feel good and grounded at the same time because stardom is a very temporary thing.
Who are your role models from the industry?
You learn from everybody in this industry. Anyone who, at whatsoever place, is here only because of his hardwork and his share of struggles.I get a lot of inspiration from Shahrukh Khan and Akshay Kumar. The way both these actors have created a niche for themselves is commendable and I wish to do the same.
Any role from a recent movie you would've love to do?
Ranbir's role from 'Rockstar' and Bitto Sharma (Ranveer Singh) from 'Band Bajaa Baraat'. If I get a chance to play any of those characters, I'll be ever ready.
After doing four films do you feel you are being typecast into a 'boy next door' image?
It's hard to find a base in the early years of your career, so I have done films I felt interesting but yes they were all romantic films. I want to change my 'chocolate boy' image, but it depends on what kind of work crosses my path. When I take up a film I completely immerse myself in that character, that is also a reason I've not been able to experiment a lot.
What's next for Kartik Aaryan?
Few scripts are under study and few are yet to be finalised. It's too soon to comment on anything. I haven't got the time to sign and finalise the paperwork, the moment all that is done, I'll announce it.