Ranveer Singh, who was recently in Bhopal to launch the celebratory track, Malhari from Eros International’s Bajirao Mastani, is quite a personality — always happy to answer questions, ready to interact with fans and ever so quirky. But behind this crazy persona lies a man who’s simple, and has his core values absolutely intact. As he gears up for the release of his next opposite Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, we catch up with the live wire after the launch for a quick chat.
Are you worried about your film clashing with Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale? Do comparisons between films bother you?
I really don’t think about these things because I am only concerned about the response my film gets. I really wish we have great collections, but for me, the audience response is what really matters. It is really my own film I am concerned with. Nowadays, too many people concern themselves with those aspects of films. I concern myself with cinema, people are concerned with films. There is a difference. For me it is an art, for some people it is a commercial proposition, which it is ultimately, but that isn’t my prerogative as an artist. I am not one of those people who asks ‘‘Weekend collections kya tha?’’ But I am one of those people who will ask the questions that really need to be asked, such as “Bhaiya picture kaisi chali?” There is no secret that I have invested a lot in this film emotionally, and it is finally made and I really hope it is something that lasts forever.
Watch Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in a song from Bajirao Mastani
You are often confused with Ranbir Kapoor. Does that annoy you?
I am pretty used to it. It happens the other way round too and our names sound similar, so I completely understand. But it doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, there have been people who have gone to the extent of mistaking me for Ranbir Kapoor but when they meet me, I don’t correct them. I will meet them, give them a hug, give an autograph and take that selfie and I will leave them with a really happy feeling. I am collecting Ranbir’s blessings too.
There were reports that you have opted for profit sharing in Bajirao Mastani. Any plans to turn producer?
No, I only want to explore the avenues as a creative person and I am not ready for things related to business or finances. That side of my brain is actually dead. I don’t even know how much money there is in my accounts. But I need to bring that back to life as it is high time I start looking at my finances.