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Happy birthday Ranbir Kapoor: Top looks only he could have pulled off on screen

Actor Ranbir Kapoor has emerged as the bravest among his contemporaries, experimenting with his on-screen looks. As the actor celebrates his 35th birthday today, here are 6 looks from his films that have ‘swag’ written all over them.

bollywood Updated: Sep 28, 2017 11:01 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
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Actor Ranbir Kapoor turns 35 on September 28. He already has several experimental roles to his name.

Actor Ranbir Kapoor is rated as one of the most talented actors in Bollywood. Starting his career with the 2007 Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, Saawariya, he went on to star in films such as Rockstar (2011) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) — these cemented his reputation as a bankable star and a strong actor in his own right, beyond the Kapoor name. He is the son of Bollywood veterans Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, and the grandson of Indian screen legend Raj Kapoor.

In these 10 years of his career, Ranbir has often pushed the envelope when choosing his roles and inhabiting those roles — playing a middle-class yet highly ambitious Sikh salesman in Rocket Singh (2009); or a speech-impaired guy in Barfi! (2012); or a quirky detective in Jagga Jasoos (2017), which he co-produced as well. His latest venture, a biopic on veteran actor Sanjay Dutt, again has Ranbir breaking new ground, depicting one of the most eventful lives in Bollywood.

As Ranbir turns 35 today, we take a look at six of his most striking looks till date:

Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)

Ranbir Kapoor played a Sikh salesman in the film. Since he’s known to never compromise on his character’s looks, he went to the length of growing a full beard , and donned the turban for the first time on-screen. Keeping in mind that he played a junior salesman from a middle-class background, Ranbir chose regular, unbranded formals, merging seamlessly with his character.


Rockstar (2011)

This film was instrumental in proving that Ranbir was good not just in the looks department, but in acting, too. Directed by Imtiaz Ali, he played a musician-singer named Janardhan aka Jordan in the film. For his character to look convincing as a college student in the first half, Ranbir chose plain — almost unstylish — clothes, with a face that was clean-shaven and innocent. As he progressed towards his dream, that of becoming a big rockstar, the character’s looks, outfits, and body language became edgier. Military-style jackets, camouflage shirts, and harem pants suited Ranbir’s personality, complete with flowing locks and a horseshoe moustache.


Barfi! (2012)

Ranbir outdid himself with this film, which got both critical acclaim and commercial success. He played Murphy, affectionately called Barfi — a speech-impaired but street-wise, charming young man — by everyone in the film. It was a risk on his part to take up such a role, which required him to act and look according to the various stages in his life. Right from a twenty-something to an aged man, Ranbir pulled off every look effortlessly.


Bombay Velvet (2015)

Ranbir played a street-fighter in this film set in the 1970s. The actor first acquired a lean look to fit into the role of a poor street boy. As his character, Johnny Balraj, progressed to becoming a businessman, he switched to a beefed-up look, with a curly hair-do, and posh suits.


Sanjay Dutt biopic

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If the leaked pictures are anything to go by, Ranbir playing actor Sanjay Dutt in his biopic is going to amaze viewers. Ranbir grew his hair to play the young Sanju, while he beefed up to look like the current Sanjay Dutt, complete with the moustache and hairstyle. This much-awaited film is directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

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First Published: Sep 28, 2017 11:01 IST