Kartik Aaryan shocked by “Chandu Champion” Storyline: “Is It Real or Fictional?”

Actor Kartik Aaryan, along with director Kabir Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala, arrived in his hometown Gwalior to launch the trailer of their upcoming sports biopic “Chandu Champion.” This film, based on the extraordinary life of Murlikant Petkar, India’s first Paralympic gold medallist, left Aaryan questioning its authenticity when he first heard the story. He was stunned by the twists, turns, and historical moments that seemed almost too incredible to be true.

The Incredible Journey of Murlikant Petkar

When Kartik Aaryan first heard the story of “Chandu Champion,” he was in disbelief. “The first time I heard the story, I asked, ‘Is it real? Did it really happen?’ or ‘Is this fictional?’ The story had so many twists and turns, it was hard to believe it was based on real life,” Aaryan shared with reporters. The film chronicles Petkar’s life, showcasing his various roles: an Indian Army soldier, a wrestler, a boxer, a 1965 war veteran, and a swimmer. Aaryan admitted he was skeptical for about a month after hearing the narration, wondering if he could truly do justice to such an awe-inspiring character.

Kartik’s Transformation: From Skepticism to Dedication

Aaryan, now 33, considers “Chandu Champion” his proudest project to date, largely due to the rigorous physical training it required. “I was going to the gym daily, not eating much, not working on any other films. For one and a half years, I became a machine, just following orders,” he recalled. Director Kabir Khan praised Kartik Aaryan’s dedication, noting that he built his physique naturally, without any artificial substances, despite the grueling demands. Aaryan even avoided sugar for the entire duration.

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The Perfect Fit: Kabir Khan and Kartik Aaryan

Kabir Khan, known for his previous sports drama “83,” was adamant that Aaryan was the ideal choice for the role of Chandu. “It’s not you who chooses the story, but the story that chooses you,” Khan explained. He felt a strong calling to tell Petkar’s inspirational journey, a story that had remained largely untold. Khan shared that while working on the 2023 romance drama “Satyaprem Ki Katha,” he kept a close eye on Kartik Aaryan’s diet and training, ensuring that the actor remained focused on his transformation.

Khan’s faith in Aaryan was unwavering. “He has been a great student; we are proud of him,” the director added. The story of Murlikant Petkar, with its motivational and human elements, resonated deeply with Khan, and he was convinced that Aaryan was the only one who could bring it to life.

A Homecoming Celebration in Gwalior

Launching the trailer of “Chandu Champion” in Gwalior was a special moment for Kartik Aaryan. “Life has come full circle,” he said, reflecting on the journey from his hometown to this pivotal career moment. The response from the hometown crowd was overwhelmingly positive, a testament to the hard work of the entire team behind the film.

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Producer Sajid Nadiadwala expressed his gratitude and optimism for the film’s success. “The response we are seeing is due to the efforts of all the technicians, great directors like Kabir, and dedicated actors like Kartik who strive to prove themselves every day.”

“Chandu Champion,” a collaboration between Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Kabir Khan Films, is set to hit theaters on June 14. This film promises to be a moving and inspirational portrayal of an unsung hero who refused to surrender.

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