Ranbir Kapoor on playing complex characters, his wrong decisions and what it means being a Kapoor


This is your second movie with Anurag Basu. It felt like sci-fi to me. In the past few years, Kapoor has faced flak for playing characters who cannot achieve emotional growth unless a woman schools him in love (Wake Up Sid, Tamasha, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil). Success makes you strong and motivates you. What made you agree to a biopic on a fellow actor like Sanjay Dutt? There is no formula for it when it comes to cinema or any other art form. What are your favourite films featuring your parents? Every film is important. I do feel bad when it does not work. That’s a great learning — your work as an actor can’t stand away from a movie. The 34-year-old actor sure knows how to set a scene. Maybe, at a certain phase of my life, I was in a certain mindset and I had a certain vision for them, which did not come through. 2017-07-16T00:00:44+00:00″>
Published:July 16, 2017 12:00 am

Jagga Jasoos actor Ranbir Kapoor is already in a position where a film’s fate does not affect his reputation as an actor. Collaborating with Mr Basu is hard; he works in chaos. Barfi. I attribute this to my family — especially how to deal with it. He takes on the responsibility of doing a lot of work for the actors. I like Rafoo Chakkar (1975), Khel Khel Mein (1975) and Kabhie Kabhie (1976). (2012) were hits. I really like a film called Khoj (1989), though not many have watched it. Then, of course, the passion for movies. Both are very different filmmakers. That movie got some isolated love while Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) was a commercial success. Jagga Jasoos is of significance to me because it took so long to make, and I am one of its producers. There are a lot of conjectures and rumours about my life. He’s had a long day of promotional activity for his latest film, Jagga Jasoos, and his hair is tousled, as though he’s raked his fingers through it all day long. These were the parts offered to me — some were similar, some overlapped. What insights into the business have you acquired through these years? My successes and failures have all come out of instinct. How important is it for you to connect with children? For example, when Bombay Velvet flopped, I felt bad. He is a superior actor,” says Imtiaz Ali, who directed him in Rockstar and Tamasha. My favourite Rishi Kapoor movies are Amar Akbar Anthony, Chandni (1989), Kapoor and Sons (2016). Mr India
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar. He speaks his mind without censoring anything and he does not mean any harm to anyone. This journey is not easy. Which character of yours is the best lover? We were taught not to abuse it or use it to our advantage. It is an honest take of an ordinary man, his mistakes as well as his relationship with his father and friends. Ayan is my best friend. But the way Hirani and Abhijat Joshi have adapted Dutt’s story is inspiring. There’s a lot of luck involved; barring the hard work you put in, you can’t control anything. When I watched it a week before its release, I was amazed. How did he pull this off? This is a simple life I have designed for myself. My debut film Saawariya (2007) was a huge disaster. If you watch just my performance, it was not so good. You have to be patient, crazy and surrender to his process. I’d be lying if I say there is no pressure. Related News
Down in jungleland: Sea Shells, Sea Shells! It’s hard to say. The last book you read? That apart, Katrina and I are coming together after Raajneeti. Sanjay Dutt is so controversial and yet loved. So, when Rajkumar Hirani said he wanted to narrate a script to me, my message to him was I hope it was not the Sanjay Dutt biopic. Sometimes, it can make you content and lazy. It took almost two years to make. Is this his most ambitious role yet? Watching my father’s passion to go out and work every day also impacted me. I chose those films, so, I take responsibility for them when they have not worked. It is life. He considers himself to be part of the aam janta and he has to have a voice. But stars must have been dropping in and out of your home for years. You are a Kapoor. To be honest, more than a star, I am a film fan. But he does not wish to hurt people. So, it does not help me now that Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), Raajneeti (2010) and Barfi! It was like Disneyland. It was like a dream world — there used to be music sessions, costume fittings and script readings at home. It was a very healthy atmosphere for an aspiring actor. The Crown, Fargo (season 3) and The Young Pope. You are very private. It is difficult when you are a young actor and single. So, my biggest fight is not to be written about. We are remembered by our last film. “Ranbir is already in a position where a film’s fate does not affect his reputation as an actor. We also got attention at school for being star kids. Is that why you are absent from social media? QUICK TAKES
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Saawariya or Bombay Velvet? At the same time, it has to be an engaging story. Everything I am today is because of it. The way the film has been made is more complex than the character. The series you are currently binge-watching? Which movie showcased your acting chops the best? Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar

Many believe the characters you have played recently overlap each other. I try and be a new person in those parts. There is a lot of pressure in delivering an artistically and commercially successful movie. I believe he made my performance. It’s not by design. I am one of the few people in the family who has not read his book. While working on a film, I am attached to the project and the people in it. You’ve been quite open about those encounters. How do you handle the constant media scrutiny? I am not very attached to its failure or success. Children of a certain age — eight-12 years — are not watching movies in theatres. Saawariya, my first film. Our intentions were very clear from the onset — we wished to make a film that even children can connect to — something universal that appeals to both younger and older generations. When I was working on Barfi!, I was very impatient. We repeatedly watched Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Karz (1980) and Naseeb Apna Apna (1986) on the VCR. Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar. As the titular Jagga, he plays a young detective with a stammer. His last critical as well as commercial hit was 2012’s Barfi! I have not chosen a part thinking, ‘Now that I have a done a comedy, let me do a romantic movie’. In the past, Hrithik Roshan attracted a young fan base, thanks to Koi…Mil Gaya and Krrish. But I am not going to beat myself to death if it does not do well. By the Sea ShoreChildren of Varanasi: How their childhood is trapped in the ‘market of bhakti’Break the SilenceSitting inside the banquet hall of a suburban Mumbai hotel, Ranbir Kapoor is snacking on French fries. I have been in the industry for 10 years. But one can’t be too hard on oneself. You have to work harder. I naturally connected with them, hence I acted in those films. It is my top choice in life. It is one happy film family. The film demanded 160 days of shooting spread over three years, during which he broke up with his co-star Katrina Kaif, and was frustrated with director Anurag Basu’s “chaotic” way of functioning. So, has Kapoor’s likeability stopped going hand in hand with his bankability? Tamasha (2015), too. What food does to your soul, nothing else can. With Imtiaz, I have a student-teacher relationship. I have been a bit shy about my mother’s movies and I don’t want to watch her with other actors. I would have been a football player or coach had I not been an actor. He gets into a lot of trouble for saying things on Twitter. We are meeting a few days before the release of his 21st feature — an adventure film, a comic caper and musical drama, all rolled into one. So, I find it endearing to share my fanboy experiences. But I know him. Do you believe that you have been let down by certain scripts? Excerpts:
At this point in your career, how important is Jagga Jasoos for you? It also shows the way he dealt with drugs and his mother’s death before his film released. We were used to the attention we received when we stepped out. The love for food. The movie comes first. Facing failure in your first film teaches you a lot. In this interview, Kapoor addresses his successes as well as his failures, his attempts to play new characters, his father, actor Rishi Kapoor, and why he calls himself a stalker. The second film would be Tamasha. That apart, I do want to build a certain mystery about me. Nothing would surprise me because he is such an honest person. I think failure has taught me more than success. An actor shines because the film is good. Which Kapoor-like trait have you inherited? We go to my grandmother’s house for family lunches, everybody is passionate about life, cinema, food and alcohol — it is quite amazing. I have a private Instagram account, but I have never posted any photos. I try not to be affected by that and just focus on work. There are very few people like him in this world. Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar. I hope that it would help the audience believe in my characters. For example, people liked Raajneeti because it is a good movie. I would rather be forgotten between releases. While eating dinner, my sister (Riddhima Kapoor Sahni) and I used to watch my father’s films. What does football mean to you? Quentin Tarantino rebuffed you in London and Natalie Portman told you to ‘get lost’ in Tribeca. As is the case with most good films, it had to be layered — the take-away has to be social and moral. I hope they give this movie a chance; there is comedy, romance and a father-son story. In the end, what matters is what stands out when your film releases. What has this collaboration been like? How exposed were you to cinema in your formative years? Bombay Velvet (2015) was important to me, but failed. Is there any revelation about his life that surprised you greatly? That’s how my love for cinema began. I am going to inspire myself to work harder. It is very important. In Jagga Jasoos, you attempt yet another complex character. You wrote the foreword of your father’s memoir, Khullam Khulla. The film talks about terrorism too. Once I am done, I am already on a different journey, working on another film. When you complete a film, how do you detach yourself from it? But the job of an actor is to act and leave its fate to the audience. I did wonder, why make a biopic when the person is still living? Who is your favourite superhero? I just follow people, I am a stalker. No one put a gun to my head and made me do those films. I had no dialogues or action scenes — I was insecure. And, if you were looking for a word to describe his presence, his sweatshirt offers one — “Disarming” is emblazoned across the chest in bold letters. I’m reading film producer Robert Evans’s autobiography, The Kid Stays in The Picture. That was difficult, not the character. For the last decade, Kapoor’s choices have steered from playing your regular heartthrob (Saawariya) to a canny but compassionate salesman (Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year); a rock singer (Rockstar) to a differently-abled prankster (Barfi!); to a hot-headed street fighter (Bombay Velvet) and a storyteller trapped in the corporate world (Tamasha). More satisfying collaboration: Imtiaz Ali or Ayan Mukerji? Something is not drawing them in. Bombay Velvet — I worked very hard for it.