Going by his lineage and popularity, he might seem like a much-­pampered star who throws tantrums on sets. But Ranbir Kapoor says that isn’t so. Over a candid chat, the 32-year-old tells us why he doesn’t bask in the glory of his star status or take credit for his looks, which often make women go weak in their knees.
Many young women see their life partner in you and many moms, an ideal son … too much pressure to live up to?
There is no pressure at all. I don’t take all these things very seriously. I am only as good as what people see me on screen. If I do bad ­movies and portray bad characters, I guess they won’t want to ‘mother’ me or ‘boyfriend’ me or ­‘husband’ me. I’m just happy that I’m appreciated for the work I do. I believe that ­people like me more for the work I do than for how I look, because that credit has to go to my parents because they gave birth to me. I mean, I can’t take credit for my looks. But I feel happy for all the love and support I get.
So, you mean the pressures of a star’s life are overrated?
I think a lot of extra credit is given to actors, specially when they are ­popular… like, ‘oh, inhoney khud apnaa glass uthake paani peeya and all’. I don’t think it’s a big deal. I think we are treated too much like stars. But we are all ordinary people, and I don’t think ­anyone’s here to throw their weight around.
You recently said you’ll be very angry if Ayan Mukerji (director of Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani) doesn’t cast you in his next. Is it the same with Imtiaz Ali? You are currently shooting your second film with him.
Yes, I will make sure that these directors, who I have trapped, don’t look beyond me (laughs). But obviously, that’s not possible. I think for every creative person, to work with new talent is also ­instrumental in the process of their growth, and the other person’s growth, too. And I always believe I am as good as the people I work with. So yes, directors are the most important ­people to me in my life.