HE RUNS his hands though his hair about as much as I blink, and I blink too much. Between his shiny, long locks and thick beard, there’s an obvious follicle fascination at play here. It prompts me to ask: Does he feel a little bit like a dog after a haircut when he shaves? It is clearly not the question Kartik Aaryan was expecting and he guffaws in response. “I’ll shave if I have to, but I definitely prefer a beard and long hair,” he laughs. I follow up with another oddball question and it sets the tone for our banter. From his recently-acquired Lamborghini to the next incredible thing on his wish list (read on for that revelation), we progress to subjects like nepotism and dreams — both literal and metaphorical.
Kartik returns each serve like a pro. We volley back and forth good-naturedly. When does confidence become overconfidence? When does self-belief become delusion? With Dhamaka debuting on Netflix last month, how does Kartik feel about Kartik? “I’m a confident guy. Maybe I come from a confident family (laughs). When I was just starting out and getting rejected in audition after audition, I used to tell myself, ‘It’s their loss.’ People can call it confidence or overconfidence, but that’s how I am. I wouldn’t have survived (in this industry) without it. Honestly, if I didn’t have this confidence, people would have said I have low self-esteem. I am happy with my self-belief; with my conviction. I make decisions based on my gut and I can’t blame anyone for my choices. The highs are mine and the lows are mine too.”
KARTIK’S MANUAL FOR ASPIRING ACTORS
MOTTO FOR LIFE
I always say: Don’t lose hope. That’s my motto for life. It is true for everyone, but especially for aspiring actors
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
People who want to act should keep on practicing. The more you practice, the more you learn. Nothing else will help you to be natural on camera
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT
Join an acting school. It doesn’t need to be the best acting school in the country, but it should give you the opportunity to practice. You will find like-minded people will really help you understand this industry and improve your performance
RECOVER FROM REJECTION
I have been rejected without even being looked at. Of course that’s hard. You do wonder why you don’t even deserve a chance. I have been called ‘unfit’ so many times that I can literally make a video montage of the word. Back to back, bas yeh hi sun raha tha. Now I am able to look back and recognise that people were just doing their job. This is why you cannot lose hope. Be patient. Persevere. If you have talent, you will get your break
RECOGNISE YOUR SKILLS
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Cizgi was the cheapest car rental I could locate from the Istanbul International Airport and opted for an automatic Dacia Sandero to take on the impressive and well-maintained roads of Turkey. The highways are four lanes each way with an emergency lane. There are no potholes or uneven surfacing. The toll gates are automatic and one does not have to stop for the tag to be read. Apart from the highways, even the minor roads are surfaced and maintained well. Another feature is that the highways are grid-separated and have a maximum speed limit of 120kmph. Off the highways, speed limits varied between 70kmph and 90kmph.
Hyatt Regency Dehradun is strategically located for both travellers and revellers. It affords beautiful views of the Malsi forest and offers all modern-day facilities and cuisines
Waist of time
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ZOOM IN ON LIFE
WILDLIFE FILMMAKER, CONSERVATIONIST AND AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER SUYASH KESHARI'S SERIES, #SAFARIWITHSU YASH, A REALLIFE ACCOUNT OF A YOUNG A PERSON'S LIFE WITH TIGERS AND CONSERVATION ISSUES SURROUNDING THE SPECIES IN BANDHAV GARH NATIONAL PARK, WAS RELEASED RECENTLY
A SHOW OF HANDS
AFTER ITS INTRODUCTION IN 2020, THIS YEAR'S EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL WATCH SHOW, WATCHES AND WONDERS MARKED THE FIRST TIME THE EVENT WAS HELD PHYSICALLY. WITH 38 WATCHMAKERS SHOWCASING THEIR LATEST NOVELTIES, HERE ARE THE TIMEPIECES THAT STOOD OUT
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SUNSHINE, SHORE AND SERENDIPITY
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OF ICONS, LEGENDS, AND LE MANS
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India Off the Beaten Path
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New ED case against Karti, PC may face CBI probe
The ED has registered a money laundering case against Congress MP Karti Chidambaram and others in an alleged scam relating to the issuance of visas to over 260 Chinese nationals in 2011 when his father P Chidambaram was the Union home minister.
‘Not everything is promotional’
KARTIK AARYAN ON LINK-UP WITH SARA ALI KHAN
Legal trouble for Digvijaya as he readies to rebuild Cong
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कार्तिक आर्यन की फिल्म भूल भुलैया 2 का गाना हम नशे में तो नहीं रिलीज
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Kartik Aaryan's Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 title track is a hit with the audience
Kartik Aaryan is making the country dance to his tunes with the title track of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.
BHOOL BHULAIYAA 2' TRAILER OUT: KARTIK AARYAN LEADS A SURE-SHOT BLOCKBUSTER
Kartik Aaryan is a perfect commercial hero in the Trailer of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.
Kartik promises a commercial hit
The much-awaited trailer of Bhool Bhuilaiyaa 2 is finally out and creating huge buzz
‘No point living life in regret, yaar
‘Trust me, I don’t even enjoy the company of friends who live in regret.’ ‘You either own your decisions or just let it go and work harder to get something better.’