As Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan gears up for his upcoming movie Luka Chuppi, opposite actress Kriti Sanon, the buzz that is bringing him repeatedly in headlines is not so much due to his new release than it is because of rumours around him and contemporary actresses Sara Ali Khan, Ananya Pandey and Shraddha Kapoor.

Gracing the couch on a chat show hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar, Kartik defended himself against the rumours with the tinsel town ladies. Previously, on the same chat show, Simmba star Sara Ali Khan had confessed about her crush for him. When asked for his reaction on the same, Kartik said that he will ask her out on a date as soon as he earns enough money, a condition put forward by Sara’s actor-father Saif Ali Khan. He said, “I am trying to earn more and more money right now. Saif sir said, ‘Does he have money?’ She is a princess. So, you know to ask her out on a date, I would require a certain bank balance.”

While the audience was still in splits over his hilarious reaction, Karan further probed him about being spotted on a dinner date with Ananya Panday, with whom he will star in another upcoming film Pati Patni Aur Woh remake but the actor steered clear and said that he is simply friends with her. As for going on a movie date with Shraddha Kapoor, which was hinted by co-actor Kriti, Kartik denied that there was anything cooking between them.

Later on the show, Kartik and Kriti had to make three calls to any person of their choice and get them to say ‘Hey Karan it’s me’ as a part of a special segment. Fanning rumours further, Kartik called Sara but as fate would have it, she did not answer his call and so he called Ananya who answered promptly. However, Sara reportedly called Kartik after the show and so the rumour mill is still running for fans who want more fuel on the story.