Two consecutive hits, Wake Up Sid and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and Ranbir Kapoor is being tipped by producers as hottest star for 2010. UTV is rumoured to have signed a Rs 50 crore three-film deal with the actor.
"UTV is very happy with the way Ranbir’s Wake Up Sid fared at the box office. His forthcoming movie Rajneeti is also with UTV. So they have apparently signed him for a three-film deal," says a source.
Exults trade analyst Amod Mehra, "He’s chosen his films carefully. That’s worked for him. He’s going slow but steady. And even the debacle of Rocket Singh — Salesman Of The Year will not affect his market viability, because though the film didn’t work commercially, it wowed the critics and Ranbir’s performance got him another thumbs up. He has arrived."
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh agrees. "He’s poised. He can stand out in a crowd. And best of all, he doesn’t imitate anyone, not even his father, Rishi Kapoor," says Adarsh. Another plus-point for the 29-year-old actor, he says is that age is on his side.
Mehra seconds the view: "In the below- 30-age-bracket Ranbir has no competition. His success ratio is better than his contemporaries and his performances are far superior. He will possibly have the longest run among the current breed of young actors because he’s not the sort to fall apart easily."
According to the film trade, Ranbir Kapoor has Rs 120-Rs 150 crore running on him.
Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti releases this summer. The film toplines Nana Patekar, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal and Katrina Kaif. Sajid Nadiadwala and Siddharth Raj Anand’s Anjana Anjani, a romcom, is in its second schedule, being shot in the US. The first schedule was in Bangkok. The film is expected to release late next year.
Also in the pipeline Aditya Chopra’s next directorial venture Viccky Singh’s next
Kapoor jr’s take
“I don’t let expectations pressurise me. They are there in some part of my mind to remind me that I have to work harder. If the trade and critics see me as the next Bollywood superstar, it means they expect me to deliver more hits. That apart, I still eat the same food, breathe same air and I am the same family-oriented boy.”