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‘I felt something for Anushka’

Shweta Mehta, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 23, 2010
First Published: 13:30 IST(22/10/2010) | Last Updated: 18:28 IST(23/10/2010)

First-time actor Ranveer Singh is probably the only male actor outside of the Chopra family to make his debut with a YRF movie.

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The actor, who plays the lead role opposite Anushka Sharma in Band Baaja Baraat (BBB) that releases in December, still can’t believe it.

“I’m the first solo hero Yash Raj is launching. It’s a huge deal for me. I don’t know how I got here. I guess I happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Singh beams.

He, like most leading artistes launched by the production house spearheaded by Yash and Aditya Chopra, has signed a three-film deal with the company.

“It’s a non-exclusive contract,” he points out. “After Band Baaja Baraat, I can work with any other production house and director I wish to. But I will be seen in two more YRF films. As of now, I can’t delve much on that.”

Singh, who has no Bollywood roots, believes he grew up at a time when prime opportunities in the industry were reserved for those with lineage.

“It seemed like a far-fetched dream to be a mainstream actor. I was a robust kid who was glued to TV while other kids played outside. That’s how I acquired great taste for commercial films,” he grins, as his ‘Meri pant bhi sexy...’ ring tone goes off.

Delhi boy
Singh plays Bittoo Sharma, a Delhi University loafer in Band Baaja Baraat. How close does the character comes to his real personality? “Bittoo is Ranveer, but Ranveer can’t be Bittoo,” he explains, adding that he appended some of his personality traits into the character. He also visited the university campus to get a hang of his character. “I went there incognito, and had a lot of fun. I picked up their lingo, lifestyle traits and certain nuances of their body language. Eventually, I came out feeling like one of them.”

When asked how his first day on the set had been, Singh recalls that he was extremely nervous about facing the camera. “But I got the scene right in three takes, which is not bad,” he smiles. The actor has also already shot his first lip-locking scene with co-star Anushka Sharma. Bring it up and he blushes, “It was okayed in one take. I tried messing it up, but what can I say, I’m a great kisser!”

Wasn’t he apprehensive of an intimate kiss right in his first film? Singh believes in getting into the skin of the character. “My job was to be Bittoo in the moment and feel like he would. I did just that. When we were shooting those scenes, I felt something for Anushka. Those were real emotions,” he says. “She’s intelligent, well read and great to hang out with. Actually, she’s pretty close to my dream girl.”

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