His chocolate-boy looks are reason enough to earn every Indian girl’s love for Ranbir Kapoor, the most in-demand actor in Bollywood at present. In Jalandhar on Friday to promote his film Besharam, which was shot in and around Chandigarh, Ranbir was in a mood to talk.
On a light note, Ranbir clarified that he is not a ‘besharam’ (shameless) in real life, also the title of his film. “The character in the movie is vulgar in a positive sense. He is bold, chatty and lives up to his dialogue baazi. He is flamboyant too. But, I have grown up in a very cultured and disciplined family and have been groomed in an urban set up. So, I can’t afford to be such a besharam,” he quipped.
On working with his parents [actors Rishi and Neetu Kapoor] in a film for the first time, Ranbir said it was a great experience, especially since they weren’t playing his parents. “I am playing a thief and they are playing a cop couple that always chases me. This will always be a special movie for me since it’s my first with my parents,” he shares about the October 2 release that has been directed by Abhinav Kashyap and stars Pallavi Sharda as his co-star.
Did his parents hand him out instructions on the sets? “On the contrary, I was instructing my father on the first day, when I suddenly realised, ‘Oh God, I’m talking to Rishi Kapoor. He is such a senior artiste.’ But, I used to help my mother while shooting and make sure she gives the right shot,” laughed he, adding that there was a lot of discipline on the sets because of Rishi Kapoor.
On donning a rustic avatar, Ranbir said it would be another first when he would be seen with chest hair. “I hope that my look is liked by everyone. Abhinav [Kashyap] needed an Amitabh Bachhan style of dressing sense with hairy chest, something men don’t prefer these days.”
Apart from delivering steller performances, Ranbir has also been in the news for his alleged affair with actor Katrina Kaif. How does he handle his casanova image? “The title doesn’t bother me much since it’s a part of life.
I think such names get attached when you play these kind of roles, so people think this actor must be like that in life!”
With his grandfather [actor-director Raj Kapoor] as his role model, Ranbir says he wants to explore varied characters. Next, he will be seen in films by Anurag Basu and Ayan Mukerji.
(Ranbir Kapoor at his besharmi best. Pardeep Pandit/HT)
Ranbir’s tested in a rapid fire
I belong to a family where marriage is considered a beautiful institution. I would love to marry and have kids, but this is not the right time since I want to concentrate on my career.
On being a Kapoor scion
It’s a huge responsibility to take further my family legacy. But, I don’t take it as a pressure. I’d love to keep working and proving my worth.
On his dream character
Rajesh Khanna’s role in the film Anand and Joker’s role in Hollywood film Dark Knight
On Punjabi food
Being a Punjabi, I love indulging in Punjabi food and dance. I love having dal makhani at the dhabas here.
After being a superstar Life’s the same. I belong to a family of stars so I have seen stardom since childhood.