In the past, Ranbir Kapoor has been an assistant director on films such as Prem Granth (1996), Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) and Black (2005). In fact, initially, he was more interested in directing, than he was in acting. But destiny had other plans. However, when asked if he still wishes to direct, he says, “Absolutely.”
“My intention and my ambition before becoming an actor was to become a director. But I don’t have a story to tell, which I need. Secondly, it’s a very selfless job. You work for so many people, and so many departments, and you give them the credit; that’s very hard. The more I’ve worked with good directors, the more I’ve realised that I have so much to learn. I have to change my personality a bit too. As an actor, you become very selfish and you’re only concerned with what you’re doing. Direction is a whole new ball game. It’s something that I want to do, but I’m far from it right now,” he says.
On a different note, the actor’s last release, Bombay Velvet, didn’t set the box office ablaze, and one aspect that was criticised greatly was the length of the film. But Ranbir begs to differ. “Great films are always lengthy. Take for example, Lagaan (2001), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (1994). I think shorter films are more popcorn films; people don’t take them seriously. If a movie has a good story, and engages the audience, [then] hours don’t matter, as long as there is an emotional connect with the characters,” he says.