Shashanka Ghosh: Kartik Aaryan`s intensity in the film shocked me

It’s evident that Shashanka Ghosh is enjoying his first brush with a thriller, as he says, “I would’ve loved to make the movie darker, but I cannot.” After light-hearted films like Khoobsurat (2014), Veere Di Wedding (2018) and Plan A Plan B, the dark World of <strong>Freddy is both enticing and challenging for the director. It’s not uncharted territory for him alone. Kartik Aaryan, who has built his career so far on feel-good comedies and rom-coms, has plunged headlong into the thriller genre with the Ekta Kapoor and Jay Shewakramani production. “I am known for comedies and rom-coms. Freddy is nothing like what I’ve done before. Kartik came on board for Freddy a couple of years before me. When I spoke to Kartik after reading the script, I was taken aback. I expected many changes, but he wanted to keep it as dark as it was,” recounts Ghosh. 

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Shashanka Ghosh

The romantic thriller, also starring Alaya F, was shot late last year and is currently in post-production. For the director, the biggest take-away was Aaryan’s acting prowess — a quality that, he believes, hasn’t been fully tapped into. “Everyone seems to be taken aback that he is acting in a film like Freddy, so was I. Kartik is a director’s actor. I have been trying to work with him for almost five years. I had narrated a movie to him, which didn’t work out. [When I worked with him this time], his intensity in the film shocked me. Off-screen, he comes across as a handsome and easy-going guy. But when the camera rolls, he is immersed in his role.”

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Little is known about the thriller that revolves around love and obsession. Shooting for the project was emotionally draining for the leading man, says Ghosh. “[During the shoot], Kartik told me that he is losing sleep because of what he was playing in Freddy. He’d come more than prepared. He was completely into his character.”   

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