Mumbai: Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (SKTKS) is a blockbuster and Kartik Aaryan is finally a star. He seems to enjoy the attention, specially from the girls. "More than my own happiness it's my mother's happiness that makes me happy. I was with my mother at a mall when our car was suddenly surrounded by people. Initially she loved seeing her son getting mobbed. Then the crowds started swelling and they began to push and shove and tilt the car. My mom's joy turned into anxiety," the actor said.
It has been an anxious time of waiting for Kartik. He had the looks and the dancing and acting schools. And yet success had been delayed. He wonders why.
"When Pyaar Ka Punchnaama released ,it became the sleeper hit of 2011 and my long monologue on what women want, became a rage and I thought I had arrived. But no, God had other plans. It's finally happening with SKTKS. And you know that? I am glad it's taken its own sweet time to come my way.Imagine if I had become an overnight where would I have gone from there!"
Kartik can't stop thanking his director. "Luv Ranjan stood by me through all these years. It takes a lot of guts to stand by someone you believe in when that someone is not a big star.He very clearly told producers it's me and Nushrat Bharucha and no one else. I wonder where I'd have been in this lonely city without someone to believe in my talent."
Not that he would have ever given up. "I believed in myself. You have to believe in yourself only then can you expect others to believe in you." And now when it's finally happening, Kartik is overjoyed.
"I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the attention. I've waited long for this. I now have an insane number of scripts to read. The offers are juicy and tempting. But I intend to move forward carefully. I don't want to get carried away."
One ambition this year? "To buy a bigger home so that my family can move in with me. Right now, my best friend (his mother) has to keep shuttling between Mumbai and Gwalior because my father and sister are in Gwalior. I want all of us to stay together in Mumbai.