Kartik Aryan Image: Sterling Media

Kartik Aaryan, a rising star in the Indian film industry, has delivered back-to-back blockbusters like “Satyaprem Ki Katha” and Bhul Bhulaiya 2 is eagerly awaiting the release of his new film, “Chandu Champion.”

Despite his growing fame, Kartik remains humble and often credits his small-town roots for his success. He believes that his background has been a significant motivating factor in his acting career. His consistent box office hits and recognition as a rising star at the 2023 Melbourne awards speak volumes about his talent.

Kartik debuted in 2011 with Luv Ranjan’s “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” and continued to prove his mettle with films like “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” and “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety.” His upcoming film, “Chandu Champion,” directed by Kabir Khan, has already garnered much attention and love.

Ahead of the film’s release, our journalist Ankita Bodani caught up with Kartik in London. He shared his excitement and nervousness about his performance in “Chandu Champion,” a story of a man who overcomes numerous adversities with an undying spirit and a never-give-up attitude, making history. The film, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Kabir Khan, is set to release on 14 June.

Kartik in Chandu Champion Final. Image: Sterling Global

Discussing his hard work and performance, Kartik expressed his enthusiasm for his new song, “Tu Hai Champion,” which he also tweeted about. The song has been receiving great feedback, and Kartik hopes it meets his audience’s expectations. “I remember the entire journey of making ‘Chandu Champion,’ from swimming to juggling and boxing scenes. It’s all a recap, and that’s why I shared that tweet. #TuHaiChampion is a motivational song that uplifts you.”

Kartik is optimistic about the film’s release, saying, “I’ve been looking forward to this release. Every asset, from the film clips and trailer to the first poster and the theme, has received great responses. I hope audiences come to the theatre to watch it because a lot of hard work and talent has gone into making this film.”

When it comes to choosing scripts, Kartik thinks from his audience’s perspective, like a regular working-class man. He praised Kabir Khan’s direction, saying he feels fortunate to have worked with him. “Kabir Khan is detailed and particular about everything he does, from the film itself to the posters and aesthetics. He’s a perfect match for a film like ‘Chandu Champion.’”

The film was primarily shot in London, and Kartik shared that returning to “square one” for both the first and last shots was significant. He emphasized the intensity of some scenes, particularly the pehelwan scene shot in a hot akhara and an underwater scene he filmed while battling a high fever. “Shooting in such intense conditions was tough. For the wrestling scene, the ground was as hot as a frying pan, and for the underwater scenes, I had to take several pills to manage my fever.”

Kartik also spoke about meeting Murlikant Petkar, whose inspiring life story is portrayed in the film. “Meeting Mr. Petkar was enlightening. He’s a ball of energy filled with talent and positivity. It was inspiring to see how he tackles every hurdle head-on.”

Overall, Kartik Aaryan’s journey and dedication to his craft continue to inspire, and “Chandu Champion” promises to be another feather in his cap.

Chandu Champion is out in cinemas 14 July