Actor Ranveer Singh, who has interesting films like Lootera and Ram Leela, lined up for release, says an actor can survive in the industry only because of his versatility and acting abilities and not on persona.
Ranveer, 27, made his debut with Band Baaja Baaraat, in 2010 where he played a wedding planner. Next year, he was seen in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, where he duped girls. "I am happy that I am able to make a mark. I want to continue doing good work. It is about delivering and being consistent and taking steps forward, showing versatility and variety in what you do," Ranveer said in an interview here.
"I think that only one who is an all rounder, a good actor and delivers good performance can last. Gone are that days of surviving on persona, I think versatility and acting prowess contribute to the longevity in acting career in modern climate of Indian cinema," he added.
Ranveer's next releases are Lootera, a period romance drama opposite Sonakshi Sinha (releasing on July 5).
Next in the pipeline is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much awaited, Ram Leela, which is said to be an adaptation of Shakespeare's epic love story Romeo and Juliet, set in violent times (releasing in November).
He will also be seen in Gunday, where he plays a thief along with Arjun Kapoor (releasing in February 2014). Though Ranveer is just two films old, but he has a strong fan following.
"I made a strong start and I knew that was important. I knew I would not get chances as I am not from the industry. I knew I had to make an impression. It was like do or die situation. I had to make a good first impression and I managed to do it," he said.