Kartik Aaryan made his mark with comedies that pushed the boundaries of cinema in India- you can't ignore the Pyaar Ka Punchnama series. The go-getter now has his plate full with work, but takes time out to talk about life and style in this classic Maxim makeover.
You’ve sort of perfected the art of casual, guy-next-door dressing. How do you feel about this formal turn?
I’ve always worn clothes that are comfortable. I haven’t really “planned” my style to say formal or casual. But for this shoot, the clothes fit well, I was very happy with the way I looked and the way the pictures have turned out! It wasn’t that big a change for me, but it definitely was a different style sensibility. My mom will love this—she always wants me to wear more formals!
What’s your advice for guys who want to be well-turned out?
Don’t try too hard. If you’ve got a big party to attend or an event, you tend to go overboard. Don’t do that. That’s when you’ll lose it all. Just be normal; be yourself.
Was being sharply dressed a part of your life growing up? Or did you spend them in ripped jeans and T-shirts like the rest of us?
Definitely ripped jeans. In fact, I used to rip my T-shirts as well. It was all the rage. Of course, my family weren’t fans but that’s all a part of growing up. I wear them even now because it’s back in fashion.
Men in the movie business are increasingly becoming self-aware about fashion choices. Everyone’s got a stylist, and wears carefully selected “looks.” Is this a positive change?
It really depends. There’s a fine balance and it varies from person to person. I think it’s a good thing that people are looking into style and fans follow what we wear. I mean, if you look good, you’ll feel confident, and we are in the business of looking good and being confident.
We read that you’re an impulsive shopper. Does that impulsive streak trickle down into other areas of your life too?
I think I’m impulsive as a person and I tend to get addicted to things and then it’s hard to stop—whether it’s shopping, eating, playing on the PlayStation or football outdoors. It’s good when I can moderate it.
Your first fashion buy ?
I remember there was this luxury watch I wanted to buy my sister for her birthday and it took me, like, 10 pay cheques to make it happen! It was a big thing for me back then.
Who would take longer to get ready? You or your date?
My date, definitely! And I wouldn’t crib if she took longer. My better half has got to look better than me!
Talking essentials, if you were moving and could only take a small box of stuff with you, what would you quickly throw in?
I would take a sweatshirt, a pair of socks, boxers for sure, and a jacket or a pair of pants—either, or.
Do we see you in a funny avatar again soon?
Well, yes, I’m filming Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety with Luv Ranjan, which will be out by the end of the year. It’s a comedy of sorts.
How do you deal with girl trouble in real life?
Just let her say whatever she needs to or wants to say. I think most of the time men don’t really listen to what the lady has to convey, and that’s what leads to most fights.
Lastly, what would you say is the most important aspect of dressing formally?
You have to have a well-fitted suit; that’s what really makes you look good!
PHOTOGRAPHS: TARAS TARAPORVALA
STYLING: ISHA BHANSALI
MAKE-UP: WAHEED AHMED
HAIR: BASHIR SAYED
SHOT ON LOCATION: JW MARRIOTT SAHAR, MUMBAI