Actor Ranbir Kapoor, scion of the first family of Bollywood — the Kapoors — has said that money has never been a motivating factor for him to be in films and it is only his love for acting that guided him into the world of greasepaint, spotlight and camera.
“The place where I come from, money has never been a driving factor. I have had a luxurious childhood. I am acting because I love it. I am grateful that I am getting opportunities today,” he said recently during a conversation with actor Anupam Kher at the latter’s Actor Prepares acting school in Mumbai.
Son of actors Rishi and Neetu Kapoor and grandson of the late Raj Kapoor, Ranbir says he has never taken his family name for granted. “I don’t take it for granted. I know, if I have to make a name, I have to do it myself,” he said. “I can never rely on what my grandfather has done or my parents have done. Because nobody really remembers that and you will be remembered my the work you do,” he added.
He came into filmdom six years ago with the 2007 flop movie Saawariya, but later rose on the film firmament by giving compelling performances in films like Raajneeti, Rockstar and most recently Barfi!.
admits he has never asked for any creative advice from his actor parents. “My parents, being actors, have never forced down any opinions on me,” said the actor.
“I have never gone to them for advice because they want me to take the credit of my own success and face my failures and that really makes you, who you are. That makes you more responsible and helps you grow,” he added.
Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor poses during a Christmas performance for cancer affected children at The Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai on December 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO