Ranbir Kapoor admits he’s always aspired to direct a movie and says it’s not going to take him a decade to live his dream. “Right now I’m caught up in my acting career, but in two-three years, I hope to direct a film for the family banner. I’ve been toying with a few ideas and I am waiting for a story to come around,” says the star, admitting that many filmmakers including Imtiaz Ali, who’s directed Rockstar, have told him he’ll make a good filmmaker. “But these are cushioned compliments till you can put the words into action. I hope I’ll get the opportunity to make a movie that says something about what I believe in soon.”
His grandfather, Raj Kapoor, had started out as an actor at the age of 11 in Inquilab (1935). After 12 years, he was cast as a leading man in Neel Kamal (1947). The next year, he set up his own studio and launched Aag under RK Films, becoming Bollywood’s youngest director at 24. Barsaat (1949), Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Sangam (1964) and Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) followed.
Ranbir assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Black (2005) before debuting as an actor in Sanjay’s Saawariya (2007) and since then, has done nine films. His list of favourites includes the Academy Award-wining Life Is Beautiful (1997), the feel-good early films of Frank Capra and his grandfather’s black-and-white movies, including Shree 420 and Jagte Raho (1956): “I completely identify with Shree 420. I like the element of an underdog who goes around spreading love and happiness.”
RK Films launched his uncles, Randhir and Rajeev, as directors with Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) and Prem Granth (1996). The last production was Rishi, Ranbir’s father’s directorial debut, Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999). And Ranbir wants to revive the banner: “RK Films was what it was because of the work my grandfather did. I too would like to produce, direct and act in good movies made under it. It’s one thing to live on someone else’s laurels and another to carry the legacy forward.”