Kartik Aaryan, who plays a news reporter on-screen, claims he could never be one in real life. “Because you’re always on your toes, I don’t know how to manage my personal and professional lives.” “I’ve gained a great deal of respect for journalism,” he told in an interview confidentially. In his most recent film, Dhamaka, which is currently streaming on Netflix, Kartik portrays a news anchor. Today is also the actor’s birthday, and he is receiving a lot of praise for his performance.
Arjun Pathak, who plays Kartik in the film, is torn between a call from an unknown terrorist demanding that he do specific things and the race for ratings for his channel. In the midst, he wears grey shades as an ambitious man willing to go to any extent to succeed, manipulate, and put emotions on the line.
Kartik credited director Ram Madhvani for helping him get through the difficult parts, calling it his hardest job to date. “A lot was going on the onset, and it was draining for you as an actor,” he recalled, “but there was Ram Madhvani sir who was always there.”
For the first time, Ram Madhvani, who directed the award-winning Neerja and the current smash web series Aarya, will collaborate with Kartik. During the pandemic, Dhamaka was shot in about ten days with a small crew. This time, the director, who is recognized for his unusual technique of multi-camera filmmaking, used at least eight cameras. Working with Ram Madhvani was a “deliberate decision,” according to Kartik Aaryan.
“I wanted to be a part of his world, his vision, and the way he shoots.” I’m delighted I got to be the person who Ram Madhvani imagined himself to be and do, and how he should show himself. It was a dream come true for me, and I loved every second of it.”
So, what has he taken away from Ram Madhvani’s approach to work? Kartik praised his director for speaking well of his team in any moment of crisis, addressing him as a “professional and a team player.” “As a member of his team, he looked after me as well.” That reveals a lot about him. He hosts shootings, as he says. When you’re filming with him, it’s like a celebration because he’s such a great host. I’m delighted we were able to spend so much time together.”
With Dhamaka, the actor appears to be attempting to break away from the mould. He is known for hugely commercial films such as the Pyaar Ka Punchnama trilogy, Love Aaj Kal, Luka Chuppi, and Pati Patni Aur Woh. Kartik, however, does not refer to himself as ‘Kartik 2.0’ as he approaches his 31st birthday, instead stating, “It’s been a conscious decision to do good scripts.” We made an edge-of-seat thriller which people are raving about, which is great,” he said.
Dhamaka is also Kartik’s first foray into the OTT world. Because of the global accessibility of streaming platforms, he dubbed it the “perfect film at the right time.” He went on to say that in the future, theatres and digital media will coexist.