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Exploring the five year journey of Ranbir Kapoor - Part 2

There are some actors for whom an oft repeated question being asked around their debut is - 'Will he/she turn out to be a superstar?' And then there are some who are termed as superstars even before they have canned their first ever shot in Bollywood.

bollywood Updated: Sep 19, 2012 17:55 IST
Joginder Tuteja
Joginder Tuteja
Bollywood Hungama

There are some actors for whom an oft repeated question being asked around their debut is - 'Will he/she turn out to be a superstar?' And then there are some who are termed as superstars even before they have canned their first ever shot in Bollywood.

Here is presenting Part II of Ranbir Kapoor's five year long Bollywood journey, even as his


has released today and making quite some good buzz around itself.

Huge high

This was proven with the runaway success of

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

which stays on to be the biggest solo hit of Ranbir till date. A film that he had started working on even before

Wake Up Sid

and had taken ages to reach the finishing line,

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

seemed a little jinxed. In fact many wondered if it would ever see the light of the day and while many others were waiting for the Ranbir-Katrina 'jodi' to create magic on the big screen, quite a few weren't very hopeful of the film's fortunes. Moreover, Rajkumar Santoshi hadn't seen a success against his name for ages and it seemed that only a miracle would be able to save it.

However, this is when the song promos were unleashed and every perception about the film just changed overnight. Pritam composed not one, not two but half a dozen chartbuster songs for the film which started showing an increase in buzz with every passing week. On its release, the film garnered one of the best opening weeks of all times and also found many favourable reviews coming its way. In a goofy act, both Ranbir and Katrina were adorable and the film went on to work across the length and breadth of the country.

With three straight successes in a row, it was quite obvious that nothing could go wrong for the actor. Well Papa Kapoor may have been wary at this stage because the experienced actor knows a thing or two about law of averages. That's because this was the time when

Rocket Singh - Salesman Of The Year


Surprise and shock

Those who saw

Rocket Singh - Salesman Of The Year

loved it. And those who didn't had no intentions whatsoever to watch it. Actually correction; it wasn't about people not 'wanting' to watch it; it was about people not even 'knowing' that it had released. After a good run of Ranbir's last few films, it is widely believed that Yash Raj Films, the makers of

Rocket Singh

.... felt that the film would find its own audience all by itself. Now this was a move that backfired as the film went on to be a flop at the box office.

Even though losses to the production house were minimal, it was a blot in Ranbir's box office journey that could have been avoided. Leave aside the fact that the film didn't have any music to accentuate its appeal,

Rocket Singh

.... did boast of an endearing act from Ranbir. In fact many believe till date that this is the best ever act by Ranbir. However, as it happens with the biggest of actors who end up delivering their best performance in a box office flop (Shah Rukh Khan would agree to that; after all he suffered the same fate with


), even Ranbir had no other choice but to just move on.

A big comeback

He had all the reasons to be comfortable about where his career was heading. After all he had


in hand, a film that was again taking forever to complete but was seeing an increase in buzz and hype with every month's delay. This was one of the rare instances of a film where audience didn't mind the delay as the curiosity level to watch it only increased with a passage of time.

On its release, the film turned out to be one of the top five grossers of all times. Also, while one would have expected that a bigger superstar like Ajay Devgn would hog the show, especially because he was close to Prakash Jha, it was just the opposite. While Ajay had to take a backseat, it turned out that Ranbir was actually the central protagonist. Even though the promos did convey that this could well be Ranbir's film after all, not many would felt that this indeed would turn out to be a reality.

In a serious role that didn't allow Ranbir to get into any 'naachgaana' and expected him to play someone much older and mature than his real self,


till date stays on to be a crowing glory in Ranbir's name. The film's record breaking run that left behind

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

far behind was more than a good enough reason for Ranbir to finally uncork the champagne.

Later in the year, he was also seen in

Anjaana Anjaani

which took a huge opening and turned into a safe venture in the first weekend itself. Ranbir had to play someone somber yet again and though reviews were mixed for the film as well as his act, no one was complaining as the film went on to make profits and turn into a decent success. Of course the collections were not even half of


and much below

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani

. However in the times when even the biggest of stars aren't managing over 50% success rate when it comes to their films, Ranbir has managed a good enough run with



Rocket Singh - Salesman Of The Year

being his only two box office disappointments.

A safe future

Despite big hits behind him, Ranbir is again not willing to green light many projects even though there are quite a few out there vying for his attention. In fact the only two films that he signed were Imtiaz Ali's


and Anurag Basu's


. Again, both films were as different from each other as chalk and cheese but coming from accomplished directors, there was a lot riding on these.


took the career best opening for Ranbir Kapoor and while it didn't quite run the kind of distance that he would have expected, the fact remains that his act was widely appreciated and it was once again established that he was clearly a superstar material.

Now that he is playing a deaf and mute character in


, the film is already being talked about for its endearing narrative.

Meanwhile, one does look forward to how Ranbir plans his career in years to come. Rest assured, it would be quality that would matter over quantity. As a Kapoor scion, he very well remembers how a lot is riding on him, not just from moolah perspective but also reputation. He can't afford to slip and the way he is currently making his choices, seems like Bollywood already have its future secure when it comes to the ever increasing demand of young superstars.

First Published: Sep 14, 2012 12:01 IST