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‘I never had a friendly relationship with my dad’

Ranbir Kapoor admits he was scared of father Rishi Kapoor.

entertainment Updated: Aug 15, 2010 17:38 IST
Serena Menon

Bollywood’s blue-eyed boy, Ranbir Kapoor, could be busy saving damsels in distress on screen in his macho avatar, but off stage, he clearly states, “I am a mama’s boy!”

When asked whether his father Rishi Kapoor’s complaints about Ranbir’s less than cordial relationship with him are true, he smiles and says, “My father is one of the most passionate people I have ever seen. Whatever he does, he does with all his heart, whether that is eating, acting, loving his wife or drinking… He’s a man who is really living his life. But, my mother is the closest person to me in my life.”

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The actor’s mother and former actor, Neetu Kapoor, gave up films before she started a family. And Ranbir seems to adore her for that decision. When asked to name some of her favourite films, the shy actor tries hard, but falters. "I’d rather not talk about her films. As a kid, I would watch Papa’s movies and understand that that is his work. But I would get very upset when I would see my mother on screen with some man, so I didn’t watch many of her films as a child. I am watching them now," he says, smiling.

The 27-year-old actor who will be soon be seen with Priyanka Chopra in Anjaana Anjaani, credits his father for never having held his hand him through his life. “My parents did not sit me down and tell me how to be an actor. I have grown up in a film family and all conversations would eventually lead there. But when I was growing up, Dad was always busy with work. We were scared of him, since he was very short-tempered. I never had a friendly relationship with my father, I was more respectful towards him. Maybe since he had modelled our relationship on what he shared with his father.”