Kartik Aaryan on ‘Chandu Champion’: Was in shock when I heard the film’s narration | Bollywood

From Gwalior, actor Kartik Aaryan shares his initial disbelief at the complexity of “Chandu Champion”‘s storyline. Upon hearing it from director Kabir Khan, he couldn’t tell if the events were factual or fictional.

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The film, a biopic, tells the tale of Murlikant Petkar, India’s first Paralympic gold medalist, with Aaryan portraying a character who demonstrates unwavering resilience.

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Kartik Aaryan was present in his hometown of Gwalior last Saturday to deliver the first glimpse of “Chandu Champion,” along with Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala.

He recalls his reaction to the script: “The moment it was narrated to me, I was taken aback and questioned whether this was factual or merely a narrative creation. It’s filled with such unexpected developments and notable historical events, I was utterly stunned,” Aaryan said to the assembled journalists.

He continued, expressing how the story’s authenticity amazed him and that even after a month of contemplation, he remained apprehensive about his ability to do justice to the role.

The preview of “Chandu Champion” spans the protagonist’s life from his time as an Indian Army soldier to his exploits as a wrestler, boxer, 1965 war participant, and eventually a swimmer. Closing the 3.15-minute clip, an older Chandu proclaims his intention to sue the President of India for deceit.

The 33-year-old Aaryan considers this the role he’s most proud of, one that demanded a rigorous fitness regimen.

Explaining his transformation, he says, “It was nonstop workouts, strict dieting, and complete focus on this project for one-and-a-half years. It was like I became an automaton just executing commands, and now here we stand,” he recounted.

Khan heaped acclaim on Aaryan for committing to natural body-building for the role, marveling at his discipline and abstinence from sugar for eighteen months. Khan kept a close eye on Aaryan’s diet, even during the shooting of the 2023 romance “Satyaprem Ki Katha”.

“He’s been an exemplary learner and we take pride in his achievements,” Khan praised.

Khan reiterated that Aaryan was always his top pick for the role in “Chandu Champion,” which he regards as a “motivational” narrative that needed to be brought to light.

Reflecting on the process, Khan stated, “It’s as if the story selects you, not the other way around. This was a tale that cried out to be told. We uncovered such an inspiring journey that had remained unseen until now. It’s an uplifting and touching story, and Kartik was the perfect actor for it,” elaborated Khan.

As the film’s trailer was launched in his own city, Aaryan felt a sense of life coming full circle.

Producer Nadiadwala expressed his gratitude for the enthusiastic response and credited the hard work of the entire team. He is hopeful the film will succeed upon its release.

Produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment & Kabir Khan Films Production, “Chandu Champion” is slated for theatrical release on June 14.

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