When asked how it was working alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in his new movie in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Ranbir Kapoor’s face lights up. “The experience has been great,” the actor says while speaking to Fever 104 FM.
“Which actor wouldn’t want to romance her? It was a historic moment in my career when Karan [Johar; the film’s director] told me that he would be casting her. I thought she would say no and wouldn’t act with me.”
Ranbir, who has been working in the industry long before he grew to popularity with Saawariya (2007), goes on to recall the times when he was working as an assistant director on the sets of Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999), which starred Aishwarya as the lead actor. “I have been friends with her since that time. When Aishwarya got married to Abhishek, I spent a lot of time with her during those days as well.”
Watch: Trailer of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Apparently, Ranbir was so overwhelmed by Aishwarya that he was hesitant to touch her while shooting the initial few intimate scenes in the film. “My hands were shivering, but Aishwarya made me feel very comfortable. She told me to stop acting like a child and act out the scene properly. That was when I grew more confident,” he says.
He adds that working with Aishwarya was equivalent to “working with a contemporary”. “She never made me feel like she was a senior or she was a big actor or a star,” he says.
Ranbir hasn’t had a string of hits of late, but the actor continues to be in demand. He will be playing Sanjay Dutt in the actor’s upcoming biopic, and will also be seen in Ayan Mukerji’s superhero movie, Dragon. Ranbir says, “I have to work really hard for this one [Dragon]. You require hard work to do everything [all genres of films]. When it comes to action and fighting sequences, I don’t think I have achieved success there.”
Ranbir also thinks the term ‘actor’ is often misinterpreted. “People live under the misconception that if a person maintains their physique, learns horse-riding or dancing, they automatically turn into an actor. I believe correct acting is when a person knows how some things in the world work and incorporates that knowledge into their experiences. As a human being, I believe it’s my job to take in as much as possible from people, my experiences, travelling, and I aim to use these experiences in my acting. Only then does it look good on screen,” he says.
Watch: Trailer of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
When the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil trailer was first revealed, a lot of people suggested that the film looked similar to Karan’s Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (KANK; 2016). Ranbir disagrees, saying,” It’s very different from KANK. That film was about extra-marital affairs. I won’t be seen married in this film. It’s not a ‘love story’, but it’s a story about love, heartbreaks, moving on, holding on, about friendship, about whether you would choose your soulmate or best friend. It reflects on these topics, so it doesn’t have anything to do with KANK.”