Two successful films in a row have set the trade thinking of Ranbir Kapoor as the next big thing in Hindi films. Most reviews have flattering comments about his portrayal of Prem in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and of Siddharth Mehra in Wake Up Sid. Tradesmith Amod Mehra claims that Ranbir Kapoor has arrived.
“He’s excellent. He’s equally convincing as Prem, Sid, Raj and Ranbir. He’s chosen his films carefully. That’s worked for him. He’s going slow but steady. He’s keeping his focus,” says Mehra.
According to Taran Adarsh of Bollywoodhungama.com, Kapoor Jr has everything that it takes to be a superstar. “He’s poised. He has his own style. He doesn’t imitate anyone, not even his father. When you have a personality, which is like your parents but is still unique, it works,” says Adarsh adding that Kapoor has the ability to stand out in a crowd of actors.
He explains that Kapoor has the right vibes and mixes well with other actors: “If you see him in any of his films, you can’t say he imitates an existing artiste. That’s another plus point for him. He becomes the character and that’s what makes him a saleable name. Kapoor has all that it takes to be a superstar. He’s young, has age by his side and understands cinema’s dynamics very well.”
Mehra, who seconds Adarsh, believes that Ranbir Kapoor has no competition in the below 30-age bracket. “There is no other actor who can compete with him right now. His success ratio is better than other newcomers. His performances have been lapped up. Kapoor will possibly have the longest run in the current breed of young actors,” predicts Mehra.
According to the trade circuit, Kapoor has as much as Rs 120-150 crore running on him, with films like Rajneeti and Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year ready for release over the next few months and three films ready to go on the floors over the next six months, namely Aditya Chopra’s next, Vickky Singh’s next and Anjana Anjani which is being directed by Siddharth Raj Anand.
Wonder whether stardom would go to his head? Mehra feels that youngsters often take success to their heads and he won’t be surprised if it happened to Ranbir Kapoor as well, but “he’s young and if he makes a mistake today, he will only learn from it. He’s not the sort who will fall apart easily.”
In a recent report, Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir’s cousin, said that he’d rather take the banner forward and make films under it. Mehra and Adarsh believe that would be a good bet. “What he makes under the RK banner will be worth a watch. He’s got that Kapoor touch. And if that translates on screen when he helms a film, it could well be a big success,” says Adarsh.