The year 2018 can easily pass off as the year of the rising star – Kartik Aaryan, who is celebrating his birthday today. Post the stupendous success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety this year, his first film to enter the coveted 100 crore club, the handsome actor, who neither boasts of any godfathers in the industry nor big budgeted star-studded films, is on an unstoppable rise. In times, when even seasoned actors take a while to find a strong footing, the talented Kartik Aaryan in a short span of time, with his back to back stellar performances, fashionable persona and dashing looks, has effortlessly paved his way to stardom. Signing big film projects, bagging awards, presence on magazine covers, brand endorsements, strong social media presence, walking the ramp with elitist etc., Kartik’s career has catapulted to great heights. Even before the start of the awards’ season, the young lad, has won two prestigious awards this year – Kartik was bestowed the ‘Best Entertainer of the Year’ at the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards and was rightly honoured with the ‘Heartthrob of the year’ award at the Vogue Beauty Awards held in July 2018. With Kartik’s popularity soaring sky high each day, he has even become the most-sought-after celebrity face in the brand world. The charming actor has clinched several endorsements deal this year and has been appointed as the face of leading brands like Mufti, Emami Fair and handsome, Boat speakers, Irus, Magic moments with Jacqueline Fernandez and Park avenue fragrances. That’s not all, there are several other brands waiting to sign him, and Kartik’s list of endorsements is expected to grow by end of 2018. The Pyaar Ka Punchnama actor with his adorable personality and youthful spunk has even won over a massive online fan base and has promoted top brands like Skechers, H &M, Crocs, Tropicana, Oppo mobiles, Benetton among others on through his strong social media presence. The actor’s rising stardom has also been identified by some of the premium magazines, who have put him on their covers and done extensive interviews and features with him. The stunning actor , who has been on a heart-winning streak this year, was seen flaunting his infectious smile and perfectly chiseled body on the cover of Health and Nutrition (March), Exhibit (June), GQ (special issue November), Filmfare Middle East (November) among others. Kartik’s achievements this year is not just restricted to all this; the gifted actor is marking his presence at all popular events and was also seen as the showstopper at ace designer Manish Malhotra’s fashion show in Singapore alongside Bollywood’s diva – Kareena Kapoor Khan. It is definitely a testimony of his rising stardom in this glitterati world. That apart, the lovable actor was also seen attending some major award shows and events this year. Despite a ligament tear, Kartik made an impressive stage debut at IIFA, where he not only performed but also hosted the show. He attended Children’s day celebration with Smile Foundation and ensured that his young fans had a lovely day. Kartik also revealed some secrets on the radio show – No Filter Neha and was also seen at HT Forum, India Film Project, and IPL Closing Ceremony. The versatile actor has emerged as the new Bollywood favourite who is loved by both – the masses as well as industry folks and has a beeline of filmmakers wanting to sign him for their upcoming films. As of now, Kartik has signed two big projects – Dinesh Vijan’s Luka Chuppi alongside Kriti Sanon and the Hindi remake of Kirik Party opposite Jacqueline Fernandez. Clearly, it is evident that heartthrob Kartik Aaryan is the hot new sensation in Bollywood – a rising star that none can ignore. Here’s wishing the talented Kartik Aaryan a very Happy Birthday. Hope you continue to rule our hearts and rise to mercurial heights in the cinematic firmament.