I want to be the biggest superstar: Ranbir
High on praise for Barfi!, Bollywood’s crown prince Ranbir Kapoor talks about his career, love, money and his relationship with Katrina Kaif. HT Café caught up with him on a rainy evening at Filmistan studio for a candid discussion.bollywood Updated: Sep 17, 2012 11:44 IST
‘I am enjoying my work, but I get lonely at times!’
How have the last five years been for you?
Quite different from what I had imagined. I was born into a film family amidst protection and luxury. So naturally I had a very glamorised notion of the industry till I stepped into it. But I am happy because I am getting to do what I love doing.
How does success feel at this young age?
I am here for the long run, so I don’t want to feel successful so early in my career. Also, I am too young to feel success and failure. I want to grope in the dark, struggle and work hard. At no point do I want to put up my feet and feel that I have arrived.
You’re one of the richest under-30 stars. What material assets would you want at 40?
I have been brought up in luxury, so money has never been a big thing in my life. I am nearing 30 and I still haven’t figured out what life is all about. I hope I remain confused and clueless even at 40. That’ll keep the child in me alive. I should be as curious, anxious and nervous as I am today.
You said you don’t have an image, but you are perceived as a Casanova.
Listen, I don’t enjoy it. I was dating an actor (Deepika) and was open about it, so people started talking and writing about it more than my films. That, I think, set a perception about me. I am always talked about because of the last thing I did. Now I am single and focusing on my work, I guess that will be the talking point.
You’re admitting you’re single?
Yes. I am as single as single can get.
What about the whispers about Katrina and you?
I have worked with Katrina in two films and I genuinely feel she is one of the nicest, coolest, and most hard-working girls, other than being beautiful, talented and normal; a girl I can hang out and have great conversations with. I have a great connect with her as a friend and that is sometimes misconstrued. It’s a small industry and we end up working with the same people and meeting the same people, which tends to bring you close. That’s about it. I was always her dear friend.
Are you happy being single?
Professionally I am enjoying it, but I am also lonely at the same time. It’s always good to have a partner. Being an actor you become even lonelier because you get so involved in your reel life that it takes over your real life. It leaves you with little time for family and friends. I mean, even if you meet your friends, you lose the connect in the conversations and jokes. You don’t get them because you aren’t with them every day. So you need that one constant person in life to talk to, watch movies with; someone who can keep you grounded. Yes, I do miss having a partner but it’s okay. This is also the time for me to work as hard as I can. I have to make a mark in the industry.
Girls you have dated say you are a mama’s boy.
Girls? Anyways, I love my mom and she loves me, and if that makes me a mama’s boy, then that’s what I am.
On Katrina visiting his house post midnight
It’s a small fraternity and you end up hanging out together. About the report you mentioned I am not sure as that night I was out watching a movie. It’s untrue and unfair to use such imagination. Katrina and I are dear friends and if we have to meet we will meet. It’s my private life and I am not accountable to anyone on this front.
You’re seen as a very eligible bachelor...
That’s because most of our actors are married or seeing someone, and I am one of the few single boys in Bollywood. But I don’t look at myself as a desirable, eligible bachelor and all that. I am guy looking for a simple girl who will love me, who
I can connect with, spend my life with and who I can truly love. It’s very difficult to find true love. You have to be very lucky to find that love which will last forever.
What are your childhood memories of Kareena?
Bebo was always a patakhi (bomb), khulla (straightforward), bindaas (bold) girl and she continues to be like that even today. There’s no façade to her. And this openness makes her appealing to the audience. She doesn’t take her job that seriously, yet she’s so good at it. I am really proud of her. She has an inborn talent and she has been like this since childhood.
Your family is reportedly estranged. Do you miss the cousin bonding with her?
Of course I miss it! But we were never estranged. It isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be in the media. She is busy with her life and I with mine, but we have immense love for each other. At the end we are family, you know?