For all the female attention he gets, from both his co-stars and fans, here's one actor who says he is yet to be smitten. Love for him, says Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, is a concept he's yet to come to grip with. "I am not mature enough to understand the philosophy of real love. That's because I have not been exposed to the cruelties of life," he says.
Ranbir was talking on the sidelines of the launch of Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka -- an anthology of poems by lyricist Irshad Kamil, in Delhi on Saturday. After Rockstar, Ranbir will be teaming up with the hit pair of Irshad Kamil and Imtiaz Ali for Tamasha, which also stars Deepika Padukone.
When asked why he chose to team up with Ali and Kamil, Ranbir said: "Irshad conveys the most complex emotions in such a simple manner that it becomes easy to understand. He is miles ahead when it comes to describing romance. And Imtiaz explains the poems to me so beautifully that I am able to enact them in my films. I have a lot to learn from them. We always debate over what is more important — music or words. I think without words there is no soul.”
He added: “It is not easy to understand poetry. You can read it, but there are several deeper meanings attached to it. I’m working with Imtiaz in Tamasha because it has a lot to do with storytelling and poetry. I hope to understand it more after this film.”
Imtiaz Ali too chipped in with what he thought of love. “We often associate romance with pink but in reality, black is the colour of romance most of the times.”
Poetry, Imtiaz said, has helped him express many nuances of life he otherwise struggles with on the screen. “Irshad has the quality of taking poetry to different level while talking about normal life with his poems. When I feel that dialogues will not be enough to describe the feelings in a sequence, I have Irshad’s poetry. Now while making a film, I know where to leave spaces for Irshad’s words.”
Irshad Kamil has worked with Imtiaz on all his films – from Socha Na Tha to Jab We Met, Rockstar and Highway.
Talking about his book, Irshad said: “I have tried to travel love's lanes in the light of today’s reality with Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka.
These are freewheeling thoughts which, unlike for a film, were not written under any kind of pressure. Though good work can blossom under pressure, there are times when the words just need to take their own flow.”
Ranbir, Imtiaz and Irshad recited a poem each from the lyricist’s book.
Earlier this week, the book was launched in Mumbai by Farah Khan, Deepti Naval, Sonam Kapoor and Irrfan Khan.