January 25 : After debuting in 2011 with Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Kartik Aaryan was seen in Akaash Vani and Kaanchi: The Unbreakable. However, it was Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety in 2018, which not only gave him commercial success but the industry also noticed his talent. Aaryan followed it with the romantic comedies like Luka Chuppi and Pati Patni Aur Woh. Despite his last film Love Aaj Kal in 2020 failed to impress the audiences, Kartik is quite in demand.
Kartik started filming Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 on October 9, 2019. Directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by Bhushan Kumar, the comedy-horror film is a standalone sequel to Priyadarshan's 2007 iconic film Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 also stars Kiara Advani and Tabu in leading roles. The shooting of the film was halted in March 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Reportedly, the makers of the film set January-end to resume shoot, but since Tabu is unavailable for the dates, and the makers are keen on retaining her in the film, the film is expected to resume shoot in July 2021.
Dostana 2 is also a standalone sequel to the 2008 film Dostana produced by Dharma Productions. Starring Kartik, the romantic comedy film is helmed by Collin D'Cunha and produced by Karan Johar. The film also stars Janhvi Kapoor and Laksh Lalwani in leading roles. Kartik started filming in Amritsar on November 9, 2019, but had to stop in March 2020 due to coronavirus lockdown. Dostana 2 has still not resumed shoot post lockdown. The team was supposed to start the second schedule in London in January 2021, but since the UK has gone back in lockdown once again, the makers have started looking for new locations. The second schedule is an important one as a large chunk of the film will be shot.
While both Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Dostana 2 were taking time to resume shoot, Kartik in the meantime took up a new film and wrapped it up as well. Aaryan started shooting for his new film Dhamaka on December 14, 2020 in Mumbai and wrapped up shooting in just 10-11 days. The actor had initially kept a slot of 14 days to shoot the film, but he could wrap it up earlier. In this Ram Madhvani directorial, Kartik plays the role of a journalist, and the film revolves around a terror attack. The film is bankrolled by Ronnie Screwvala. For the first time, the audience will see Kartik in a genre other than romantic and comedy, which he has been seen in so far.
While Kartik awaits for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Dostana 2 shoot to resume, he is reportedly eager to squeeze in a film in between and is reading scripts and meeting directors and producers.