After working with Ranbir Kapoor in two films, director Siddharth Anand believes the young actor has the potential to follow in the footsteps of megastar Amitabh Bachchan as the “complete Hindi film hero”.
“The day Ranbir does an action film and does it well, he can fill the void that Bachchan created,” says Anand who teamed up with Ranbir for the second time for the romantic comedy Anjaana Anjaani that opens September 24.
The two had earlier worked together in Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). “He is the the perfect guy to play Anthony in Amar Akbar Anthony or the coolie in Coolie.”
Anand who debuted with Salaam Namaste (2005), says he has torn the boundaries down with his new film. “It’s a love story but its situations are unique. I’ve made Ranbir do strange things. During the shooting of the song Khuda jaane in Bachna Ae Haseeno I made him stand on the tip of a cliff and spread his arms and he was shit scared as he has a vertigo problem. In Anjaana Anjaani he had to dive into the freezing waters of the Pacific Ocean. He did it even though he has aquaphobia,” says Anand, who admits he is a hero’s director and once he become friends with hid heroes, he likes to work with them repeatedly.
Asked if he was planning to explore only unique love stories, he says, “Not really. I am a storyteller. If I am in a mood to make you laugh, I will tell you a joke. If I want to scare you, I will tell you a horror story. So it depends on what comes to me at that point of time.”