This year has been a roller-coaster ride for Ranbir Kapoor—from getting a big hit to being part of one of the most criticised films of the year — he’s seen it all. Though his recent film, Abhinav Kashyap’s Besharam, wasn’t able to live up to his fans’ expectations, Ranbir is sport enough to share the responsibility for this debacle, and is now looking forward to his role as a producer.
Meanwhile, he was seen donning Big B’s iconic jacket from the song Saara Zamana...in a promotional video at an event in Mumbai, and seemed excited about it. “We dared to redo the iconic song. The light suit that Mr Bachchan had worn now has modern LED lights,” he said, before taking our questions.
Didn’t you have any premonition that Besharam could crash?
How can you calculate that? This is part and parcel of life. If there had been a formula then we would all have been Tom Cruise. And he, too, doesn’t have a formula. In Besharam, I had worked as hard as I did in Barfi! or Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani. Sometimes a film works, or it doesn’t. But if it’s a bad film, then of course it will not work. When my films worked well, people appreciated them. So it’s a great learning curve. Abhinav and I learnt a lesson as we feel that we all are equally responsible for it.
Now that you are a producer too, are you more conscious?
No, not like that. I was always conscious and am operating in the same way.
You’re now going to play a superhero in Ayan Mukerji’s film.
It’s too early to talk about it. But he is writing the script. He is making a fantasy, superhero film. It’s like a trilogy; it should be exciting.
Do you feel it’s a secure genre seeing the public’s mixed reactions to other superhero films?
I don’t know. It’s important as an actor to try different genres. We are not doing it because this genre is doing well now. If a director has a strong story which belongs to his genre, then the film will work.
Actor Ranbir Kapoor , who is geared up to make his debut as a producer with the movie Jagga Jasoos, wants to encourage younger talent by giving them opportunities in his films.
As a producer, are you going to give opportunities to fresh faces?
Of course. It’s great when new talent comes in. When Mr Bhansali (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, filmmaker) introduced me and Sonam (Kapoor; co-star of his debut film Saawariya; 2007) we were new talent.
But you were from a film family.
Yes, but I have worked with so many new talents like Nargis (Fakhri), Pallavi (Sharda), Ileana (D’Cruz). So I think it’s always great to encourage new talent in the industry.
New directors as well?
I have had the good fortune to work with filmmakers Imtiaz (Ali), Anurag (Basu), Anurag Kashyap, and Ayan (Mukherjee) again. I’m really open to working with any new filmmaker who has an honest story to tell.
Anurag Basu says that he is going to Kolkata to watch Sachin Tendulkar’s penultimate test match. Are you joining him?
Well, I am going to try. It’s such a big deal — Sachin Tendulkar’s second-last match. It’s a sad, but also a great day, at the same time.
What inspired you to become the brand ambassador of Philips LED lights?
Many people don’t know this, but 20% of the country still doesn’t have electricity. You save a lot of electricity with LED lights and this new technology is coming in such a big way to India. Hopefully, the smaller towns will get more power and electricity now.
So, would you want to spread awareness about the shortage of electricity?
Of course. As an actor when you have a voice and platform, you do your own thing. Sometimes you use the media to make a louder noise. They (the brand) have so many great initiatives. I hope I can be a part of it and do something for society.