They may have a difference of opinion on some issues, but there’s one thing that links actors Rishi and Ranbir Kapoor — both aren’t afraid to say what’s on their mind. In Delhi for the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, the father-son duo are split on the challenges faced by today’s youth. “The youth have no real issues. That is why we (those in the film industry) are struggling with stories to tell,” says Rishi, explaining why he feels today’s films lack narrative. Ranbir, defends his generation. “We may not be dealing with issues that are sweeping in their social implication, but we deal with issues that impact us at a personal level — be it our obligations towards our family, the relationships we are in or the career we choose.”
Ranbir confesses that he has his share of confrontations with his dad. “Like any father and son, we, too, have contrasting opinions and we do have confrontations. But, one needs to stick to one’s beliefs while being open to those of others. He (Rishi) has taught me how important it is to have independent ideas and he respects the fact that, at times, we don’t agree on some things,” he says.
While Rishi says he is proud of his son’s success in Bollywood, he adds that there are no leaders among actors. “It’s a very independent profession; there can be no leaders. Someone may like to emulate us or follow our career paths, but we can’t call ourselves leaders. My job is to act, and I am still learning,” he says. He however says he’s proud of Ranbir for “not playing the bubble-gum hero” in films.
Ranbir is not shy of sharing his winning mantra either. “As long as you are sure and you have a goal, nothing can stop you. Aspire to be the best you are before aspiring to be someone else,” he says, adding that he is proud to share the stage with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Dalai Lama at the Summit.