"The aim is to carry the legacy ahead."
Kartik Aaryan is swiftly making space for himself within the teetering waters of Bollywood.
After gaining prominence through his role in the 2018 comedy Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, the actor has announced on Instagram that he will now be starring in the third instalment in the popular romance franchise, Aashiqui.
Directed by Anurag Basu and with music composed by Pritam, Aashiqui 3 will see Aaryan in the starring role with the female lead not yet confirmed.
Sharing a motion poster with the film’s title going up in flames, Aaryan wrote, “This one is going to be heart-wrenching! My First with Basu Da.”
Messages of congratulations quickly poured in from his followers and fellow actors.
Speaking to Variety, the actor gushed about the starring role, saying, “The timeless classic Aashiqui is something I grew up watching and so working on Aashiqui 3 is like a dream come true.
“I feel privileged yet grateful for collaborating with Bhushan Kumar and Mukesh Bhatt for this opportunity.
“I’ve been a big fan of Anurag Basu’s work and collaborating with him on this one will definitely shape me in many ways.”
While the first two instalments of the franchise were a box office success, the filmmakers for Aashiqui 3 do not doubt that Aaryan will live up to the expectations.
Producer Mukesh Bhatt of Vishesh Films said, “On the evening of August 16, 1990, a day before the Aashiqui release, Gulshanji [late producer and music mogul Gulshan Kumar] and I were very nervous, the next day records were broken and history was created.
“Today with Bhushan, Pritam, Anurag, and the heartthrob of the nation Kartik, I assure everyone that Aashiqui 3 will celebrate love like never before.”
Renowned director Basu said, “Aashiqui and Aashiqui 2 were emotions for the fans that have remained in hearts till date, the aim is to carry the legacy ahead in the best possible way.
“It’d be my first venture with Kartik Aaryan, who is known for his hard work, dedication, grit, and determination towards his work and I’m truly looking forward to this one.”
The hit franchise was launched in 1990 by T-Series and Vishesh Films.
The franchise was brought back in 2013 with the highly-anticipated Aashiqui 2, directed by Mohit Suri and starring Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur.
The second part of the musical love story was a spiritual successor rather than a direct sequel, and the third part will take that route as well.