Ranveer Singh, who as Bittu in Band Baaja Baraat, had run miles away from love is now running headlong towards it. The unlikely hero of Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl is a con guy who plays the love game to perfection till he meets his match in Anushka Sharma. Prod him to confess and Ranveer admits, “Yes, I’ve had my player phases in life too.”
And was he ever caught? “No… Never! The trick is to move forward without fear,” he laughs, adding that he was immediately excited by Adi sir’s (writer-producer Aditya Chopra) narration because the role offers him a chance to display his range as an actor.
It also gives him an opportunity to romance four lovely ladies, Anushka Sharma, Dipannita Sharma, Aditi Sharma and Parineeti Chopra. “Yeah well, but it’s all make believe,” sighs Ranveer. Even with Anushka, his once good friend? “Anushka is still a friend,” he asserts. “We speak often and when she’s required on the sets, we meet too. But ever since I started prep work on this film, it’s been all work.”
If the buzz is to be believed, his overnight success has gone to Ranveer’s head and recently, when Band Baaja Baraat premiered on television, both Anushka and he refused to promote it. “That’s not true. We spent a whole day shooting the promos. I was thrilled about the TV premiere and the simultaneous DVD and Blu-Ray release. It meant that five times more people will be watching my film. I had no reason to act difficult,” he exclaims.
In Bunty Aur Babli, also a Yash Raj production, Abhishek Bachchan played a con man too. Is Ricky anything like Bunty? “The only thing that is common between them is that both are con guys. Bunty Aur Babli is almost a cult film. Even today, whenever it comes on TV, I sit down to watch it. The director, Shaad Ali, is one of my closest friends and when the film was announced, we celebrated by not cutting a cake, but a biryani. That first-cut is special and I remember making it,” he says.