Actor Emraan Hashmi has reason to worry. He may have lost his ‘serial kisser’ tag to actor Ranbir Kapoor. Seven films old, Ranbir has already locked lips with six co-stars. Most recently, Ranbir got steamy with co-star Priyanka Chopra in the romantic-comedy, Anjaana Anjaani. He kissed actors Deepika Padukone, Minissha Lamba and Bipasha Basu in Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Hollywood actor Sarah Thompson in Raajneeti (2010) and Shazahn Padamsee in Rocket Singh — Salesman of the Year (2009).
Unlike Hashmi, however, Ranbir doesn’t have to worry about bad press. Most actors he’s smooched on screen only have good stories to share. In fact, actor Sarah Thompson gave him a “ten on ten.” “He made me very comfortable too. Not just the kiss; there were some steamy scenes, and he kept checking on me, asking if I was fine,” she says.According to unit members of Rocket Singh, Padamasee could not stop talking about her blink-and-miss kiss with Ranbir, even before the scene was shot. "Both Ranbir and I were relaxed about it. It was more of a made to believe shot. I knew about the kiss right from the start, so I was at ease," she said.
Actor Minissha Lamba had to face some serious repercussions for her lip-lock with Ranbir. “Soon after the release of Bachna…, I attended a party where a group of girls kept hurling abuses at me because I got to kiss Ranbir in the movie. I had to leave the place in a short while,” she said.
Ranbir may not have spoken at length about his kissing scenes, but the actor needs his fair share of space and preparation before shooting the scene. Filmmaker Siddharth Anand, who got Ranbir to kiss Chopra in Anjaana Anjaani, made the two to spend time together and hang out for some days before the scene was shot. The only time Ranbir commented about kissing on screen was when he said he was uncomfortable with actor Bipasha Basu. “She was much more senior to me, so I was a little hesitant in shooting the scene,” he had said.
Fans, in fact, look forward to Ranbir’s steamy scenes, because of his great chemistry with co-stars. “Ranbir has a great chemistry with his co-stars, there is just so much romance between him and his ladies that you kinda want them to kiss each other and it feels absolutely natural (sic),” wrote a fan on pinkvilla.com. “Ranbir kapoor is hot! I love the way he kisses.. I think he can create chemistry with a tree too,’ wrote another user.