Kartik Aaryan’s Freddy is all set for an OTT release, what can we expect from it?
Gone are the days when Kartik Aaryan was just the actor giving the monologues about love in Pyaar ka Punchnaama. The chocolate boy is no longer just a chocolate boy anymore. He sports a sinister smile and plays with the dangerous scalpel to see if you are Ready For Freddy. After the blockbuster that Bhool Bhulaiyya 2 was, Kartik Aaryan is all set with his new venture in the romantic thriller, Freddy. The film is to be directed by Shashanka Ghosh, and produced by the likes of Ekta Kapoor and Jay Shewakramani. Along with Aaryan in the leading role, the film also stars the newcomer Alaya F as the love interest of Kartik Aaryan’s character.
Freddy shows the story of Dr. Freddy Ginwala, with Aaryan playing the titular role as a shy, isolated, person with socially awkward traits, who finds his subject of obsession in Kainaz, played by Alaya. The film is filled with the twists and turns that make it a pot roast of emotions that the audience will be welcomed with when Freddy finally graces the OTT screens.
Kartik Aaryan supposedly pressured the makers into producing an OTT release, seeing the craze of the OTT platforms especially following the pandemic. However, the makers have cleared the rumours, stating that it was always an OTT film, and was never meant to have a big screen release. The film is set to have a release on Disney+Hotstar amongst rave reviews from the audience. The actor has revealed that this film required him to explore a gray side to him as an acting professional. Obsession has been a popular trope in Bollywood, what with movies like Darr, Anjaam, Aetbaar, Armaan, and so on showing obsessive lovers on the big screen as the audience sits on the edge of their seats trying to make sense of the excitement that is brought on screen by these people who do not understand the limits of their infatuation.
The film is all set for a release on Disney+ Hotstar on December 2, 2022. Aaryan has been involved in a recent debacle with the rumours of replacing Akshay Kumar in Hera Pheri 3, which was later denied by the sources in the Bollywood industry.
The trailer has a sinister look about it as Kartik Aaryan, the chocolate boy of Bollywood, tells who can only be assumed to be a victim, “Sorry Sir, kept you waiting.”, bringing chills to your spine and increasing anticipation from the film. The trailer of the project reveals the other, darker side of the hero as he takes on the mantle of continuing the love affair of Bollywood with masala thrillers. Aaryan comes on the back of his major success in Bhool Bhulaiyya 2, and brings a completely new avatar to play. In the grayscale poster of the movie, the character of Kartik Aaryan is featured sporting a smirk as he holds a scalpel in his blood stained gloves, closed to the neck of the character played by Alaya. Alaya F also belongs to a family of good genes, being the granddaughter of the veteran actor Kabir Bedi, and the actor and dancer Protima Bedi, and the daughter of actor Pooja Bedi. The credibility that Alaya brings on the screen is also backed up by her Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut which she won for Jawaani Jaanemann, her first venture.
Kartik Aaryan has claimed that he had to put on 14 kilograms for his role, and that the thriller sequence caused him a lot of strain physically. The titular role is that of a dentist, and the teaser describes him as a shy character. Seeing as this is Aaryan’s first venture into the dark world, the audience is waiting for the highly promising movie from one of the most promising stars of this generation. So how will this venture look? If trailers and teasers are any proof, it seems that Freddy is ready to take us into his world, as we watch his reign of terror.
Also slated for this year are highly anticipated films like Cirkus and Pathaan, starring the superstars Ranveer Singh and Shah Rukh Khan, respectively. How Kartik Aaryan’s OTT film fares in the crowd of these big screen ventures remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, we sure are ready for an appointment with Freddy, but only from the cosy corners of our own safe homes.