There’s a healthy competition in Bollywood now, says Ranbir Kapoor

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 02, 2014 14:18 IST

Ranbir Kapoor is a busy man. Not only does he have several films lined up, he now also has an upcoming domestic football tournament to look forward to (Ranbir co-owns a team). Here, he talks to us about the new batch of actors in Bollywood, working with friends in the industry, and more.

Alia Bhatt recently said that she wants to marry you. Other young actors have been vocal about how they look up to you. How does it feel to be an inspiration?

It feels nice, but I don’t think Alia means it. It was a joke. She is a bundle of talent. It feels amazing when someone who is so talented and new to the industry likes your work. Even Parineeti (Chopra), Shraddha (Kapoor), Kriti (Sanon), and in the boys there’s Arjun (Kapoor), Ranveer (Singh), Sushant (Singh Rajput), Aditya (Roy Kapur), Tiger (Shroff) — they are all doing such great work.

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Do you see the competition getting tougher?

There was a time (in the industry) when there was just Imran (Khan) and I. We were the two new boys (in Bollywood). Now, suddenly, there are so many new boys. There’s healthy competition now. Everyone is talented and working hard. There are times when you really feel frustrated and think to yourself, ‘Why can’t I do that?’ or ‘I should’ve done that’, but that’s all thought in a healthy way. It’s really going to be interesting to see what happens now, and where this new lot (of actors) takes the film industry.

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Directors like Imtiaz Ali, Anurag Basu and Ayan Mukerji are all your friends. You’re collaborating with them on their upcoming movies. Do you end up taking on projects on the basis of your friendships in the industry?

It’s very important to be professional and have your own identity. The audience trusts you and they pay for a ticket, thinking, ‘Okay, if this actor is doing this film, then I’m sure there’s a reason behind it. It will be entertaining or engaging.’ You can’t do a film purely on the basis of your friendship with someone. Yes, you can help people. I’ve just been lucky enough to befriend people I’ve worked with — whether it’s Ayan, Imtiaz or Anurag. They are all my friends. But I do believe that you should keep your work and friendships separate.

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