'Love Aaj Kal' was best performance of my career: Kartik Aaryan

Actor praises Imtiaz Ali for bringing the best out of him


Entertainment Desk May 09, 2020
PHOTO: KARTIK AARYAN/INSTAGRAM

Kartik Aaryan's rocky career took a smoother turn after Luv Ranjan's Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety. The 2018 film toned him into a better actor, that offered him projects with better directors.

As the Pati Patni Aur Woh actor gears up for Karan Johar's Dostana 2 with Janhvi Kapoor, Aaryan penned a note for Imtiaz Ali, the director of his last film, Love Aaj Kal.

"When you first dream of being in films, you act in front of the mirror and nail it every time, and the world of movies seems magical. Then you get a movie. You see the camera and are unnerved," the Pyaar ka Punchnama actor shared. "It's bigger than the suitcase you brought to Mumbai. The bright lights seem to be scolding you for not landing on a one-inch tape mark and wasting everyone's time."

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He continued, "The first few years become about trying not to look nervous. Then you get an Imtiaz Ali movie. The moment he narrates the story, you are pulled into a dream. I don't even remember seeing the camera on his set, he'd always be standing wherever I looked after the cut. He was never at the monitor, he was by my side. The lights on Imtiaz Ali's set help you find those tape marks."

Kartik claimed he never experienced the kind of love and appreciation that he got for his performance in Love Aaj Kal. "And that too from some of my favourite film-makers and people I most respect in the industry. How ironic that the making of this film felt almost effortless. It would scare me to think of doing two characters in one movie. And here, I didn't even realise how smoothly I was being transitioned between Veer and Raghu," he wrote.

"For an actor, there is no better environment than being In front of that mirror. Imtiaz Ali takes you there. This is the reason why so many great actors' greatest performances have been in Imtiaz Ali films," Kartik added. The actor then praised Ali and called him a "magician".

"Imtiaz Ali director nahi hain, jadugar hain (Imtiaz Ali is not a director but a magician)! Thank you, sir, for giving me the best performance of my career yet," he wrote.

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