Kartik Aaryan Says That He Does Movies About Women With Defects. What Is He Even Talking About?
Okay here’s the thing, Bollywood is divided between actors who want to break stereotypes and spread social awareness through cinema and actors who are just there to “entertain” the audience. Now while everyone enjoys an entertaining mainstream movie once in a while, those movies have just gotten way out of hand. Just look at some of those movies that work solely on the ‘leave your mind at home’ mantra and you will know the kind of rubbish that is being churned out.
If I have to give the perfect example of two actors of each category, they would have to be Ayushmann Khurrana and Kartik Aaryan (I don’t have to tell you, which one belongs where). Ayushmann Khurrana has transitioned to the kind of cinema, that knocks off one stereotype after another by carefully choosing which character he portrays. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill characters, these are real men with real issues – well as real as they can get on reel.
On the other hand, we have the nation’s latest “sweetheart” Kartik Aaryan. He is the typical chocolate boy and those are the exact roles he does. Most movies show him as a victimised man-child, one that has no control over how he is being treated by the women in his life. His movies are borderline sexist with strong undercurrents of misogyny. If you have watched even one of them, you know exactly what I am talking about. In fact, Kartik has been saddled with having to do one epic rant against women since his rubbish in Pyaar Ka Punchnaama and since then, he hams through these, passing it off as acting.
Also Read: After Sara Ali Khan And Ananya Pandey, Alaya F Confesses To Having A Crush On Kartik Aaryan. Basically, He’s Every Debutante’s Crush
But let’s face it, this is Bollywood, so comparisons are a given. Talking about how the comparisons do not faze him, in a recent interview, Kartik said, “It often happens that Ayushmann does films about men with defects while I do films about women with defects.” Yep, his explanations are as rubbish as his movies.
First of all, he needs to get something straight. Ayushman does not do movies where men have “defects”. These are real characters, flawed and everything and it’s extremely relatable.
Secondly, his movies do not portray women with defects either. He very categorically chooses to do movies where the women are portrayed as evil, conniving bitches while the men are merely victims. Everyone has their flaws, but in real life no woman in any relationship behaves the way he clearly thinks they do.
Think about it, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 1 and 2 was about three guys who get royally screwed over by their girlfriends. Both the movies portrayed their women characters like they were snakes just sucking blood and spreading venom. I don’t know what dictionary he uses (or if he can even use one) but these are not “defects”, this is just horrible fiction served to a bunch of testosterone-heavy men who lapped up this shit as awesome.
Also Read: Amrita Singh Wants Sara Ali Khan To Focus On Her Career And Not On Kartik Aaryan. This Is Every Indian Mother Ever
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety was as ridiculous as its name. The entire movie is based on how Kartik has to “rescue” his best friend from the clutches of a highly manipulative and selfish girl. This plot is not portraying the problems with women, it just strengthens the age-old belief that women are the root cause of every problem a man has. If this is not sexist and dripping with misogynistic BS, I really don’t know what is.
This brings us to his latest movie Pati Patni Aur Woh and I still haven’t found the “defects” he was talking about. If you haven’t watched this one, don’t! It really is a waste of time. This is a movie about a man who is “happily married” but lusts after another woman, just like the name suggests. This movie is filled with sexist jokes, crap about how it’s fine for a man to slip up and his wife is just going to forgive him. Again, no defects just a whole steaming pile of how cruel a woman can be to a man. Also, for those of you who don’t remember, this is the same movie where the makers thought it would be funny to joke about marital rape.
There is nothing wrong with the women characters in his movies, they are just shown in the worst light possible.
Reacting to this ongoing Twitter debate, in a recent interview Kartik said that he was reading a meme and does not actually believe that. He said, ” Kai baar news reporting me itna gadbad hoti hai, usme cheeso ko cut short kar ke dikhate hain. (Things are sometimes messed up in news reporting and you cut short stuff to show something.)We were discussing a meme where there were some things written and I too reacted on it by saying that I too have stumbled upon it. It was kind of funny to notice that thing. About us (Ayushmann and Kartik). I don’t believe in such things. It’s not me.”He further added, “We sometimes tend to take things out of proportion. I do not believe in such things and it was just a light moment. We just read what was written on it and not comment on it. We didn’t even talk about it, we just said what was written.”
The fact that he said all this after netizens lashed out at him for his inane comments just seems like one big PR-driven damage control tactic. He might not believe what he said, but his movies say otherwise.
I really wish he would stop acting in (what can only be called) the same movie over and over again and then give terrible excuses for it. What he actually needs to do is follow Ayushmann’s footsteps.