Imtiaz Ali turned 50 on 16th June and the media shy filmmaker stayed away from making huge noise around the big day. Though the makers of many notable movies right from Socha Na Tha to Love Aaj Kal has established quite some credentials within the film industry and also amongst the audiences over the years, he has always allowed his work to speak for itself. In the midst of it all, one actor who has worked with him and ensured that he reached out on his birthday publicly was Kartik Aaryan.
In a sweetly captioned picture of his and Imtiaz, which has a vintage look to it, Kartik wrote – “Happy Birthday to my favourite soul”.
“Kartik has always maintained that there is a soul connect between him and Imtiaz,” says a close associate, “In Love Aaj Kal, he explored different facets of his acting talent in a double role act. He has delivered major hits like Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Luka Chuppi, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 and Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 in the past. While each of these films helped him reach out to a wider segment of audience, Love Aaj Kal made him connect with his inner self.”
As a matter of fact the film also stays on to be the highest opener ever for Kartik Aaryan, who delivered his career best start at the box office on its Valentines Day 2020 release.
“Kartik has always acknowledged Imtiaz for that. He loved working with him and stood by the film right through. He always knew what they had set out to make and was totally in synch with Imtiaz’s vision,” our source adds.
While Kartik has gone ahead and signed many films in the recent past, Imtiaz has kept cards close to his chest when it comes to his next. With Kartik sharing this picture on Imtiaz’s birthday, one wonders if there is something brewing between the actor and writer-director. If that indeed turns out to be the case and they decide to make something together, rest assured it would be yet another soulful romantic tale in the offering with Sufi undertones.
Let’s wait and watch!