Kartik Aaryan shows his journey of learning swimming for Chandu Champion: “From a non-swimmer…”

Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Kabir Khan, Chandu Champion has become a box office darling, captivating audiences with its heartwarming story. The film’s success can be attributed not only to its powerful narrative but also to the stellar performance of Kartik Aaryan, who steps into a role unlike any he’s played before.

Aaryan embodies the spirit of Murlikant Petkar, a real-life freestyle swimmer and India’s first Paralympic gold medalist. This transformation wasn’t achieved through makeup alone; it demanded unwavering dedication and a commitment to mastering a skill completely new to Aaryan – swimming.

Prior to Chandu Champion, Aaryan readily admitted he wasn’t a swimmer. However, his portrayal of Petkar necessitated a different reality. The film required him to not just learn how to swim but to swim at an expert level. This wasn’t a task for the faint of heart. Aaryan documented his arduous journey on social media, sharing a video that showcased the relentless effort he poured into mastering the sport.


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Taking to his social media, Kartik shared a video capturing his journey of learning swimming. Despite being a non-swimmer, Kartik gave his all to not only acquire the skill but also to excel at it. Even after facing shoulder injuries, viral fever, and neck pain, he swam and triumphed, performing faster than some seasoned swimmers.

Producer Sajid Nadiadwala shared his experience of being on the set and Kartik’s hardwork. He said, “When you actually come down to the shoot, you realize how difficult it is, how much ever you train. To being in the water for 9 hours at this temperature. He has got 101 fever today, he has got viral infection but still he is in that water.”

While speaking about Kartik’s dedication, director Kabir Khan said, “It was amazing how fast he was able to learn the skill and actually look like he could compete against these international athletes. We were all Plesently surprised, the way Kartik stood his grounds against a top level of international athletes.”

Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Directed by Kabir Khan, Chandu Champion was released on June 14, 2024. Directed by Kabir Khan, it is poised to leave an indelible mark on the hearts of audiences worldwide.
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