Ranbir Kapoor gets candid on life and his debut film Saawariya

Ranbir feels that although he never consciously decided to be an actor, somewhere along the way he has always wanted to be associated with films. He says “I lived around films, so it was always about something to do with films. But I didn’t really say as a child that I would grow up to be an actor. Dancing, imitating, I have done all of that and I guess those are the signs, which showed my passion for acting. It was slow and steady but it was always there.”

Ranbir’s parents Neetu and Rishi Kapoor have been veteran actors of their time. Ranbir has always admired his dad on-screen; he says “I am a little shy about my mum being an actress. I don’t really watch her films because personally I am too shy to see her onscreen. But I am a big fan of my dad’s films.” However he wants to steer clear of comparisons to his father, as he feels there cannot be any, he says “I don’t know if I am as good as him. I also don’t know if I can live up to those expectations and can even be compared to him. Maybe I have a style of my own.” Ranbir admits that he has leant a lot from his father off-screen like “his passion for cinema and acting, he is passionate about the entire field of cinema be it songs, acting, drama or dancing.”

Although Ranbir was very young, he does have memories of his late grandfather who is known as a legend in Hindi Cinema, Raj Kapoor. Ranbir states “I have loads of memories of my grandfather.” Ranbir has also assisted his father Rishi Kapoor in the film Aa Ab Laut Chale which was shot in America and he bonded a lot with his father while assisting him on the film. The Kapoors are known to be major foodies but Ranbir has managed to stay trim, he says “I work hard on my body. I run a lot, play football. So, one has to work on it because nowadays the competition is so tough.” As for being a star son, Ranbir feels it has its pros and cons, he says “There is an upside because you can get a big break and people look forward to your films but the flipside is that expectations are very high. But everyone has his own struggles and I had mine too.”

Ranbir will soon make his debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Saawariya opposite Sonam Kapoor and no doubt he is extremely anxious to know everyone’s reactions to the film. He says “I am really waiting for my father’s reaction because he is very honest even if he is talking about his own family.” Ranbir assisted Bhansali on his film Black in the hope that the director would notice him and cast him for his next film. And finally he did after three years of hard work by Ranbir. As for his co-star, Anil Kapoor’s daughter Sonam who will also be making her debut in the film, Ranbir says “I known Sonam since childhood, we have gone for film shootings together. So, working with Sonam is like working with someone from my family. I love her to death and I think she is a wonderful co-star. She is an amazing actress and her dedication matches her father’s passion for acting, which everyone is aware of.” Ranbir also never had any qualms romancing his good friend Sonam on-screen as he says “Sonam is amazingly beautiful and so it made it easier for me to romance such a pretty girl. I don’t think it was awkward at all.”

Ranbir admits that acting in his first film was no easy feat; he says “it wasn’t an easy process. We worked really hard. I wouldn’t call it easy but I wouldn’t call it difficult because Mr. Bhansali made it easier than it could have been for us.” Ranbir also admits that dancing for the film was one of the difficult things but he worked hard and rehearsed a lot. Ranbir had mixed reactions when he first saw himself on-screen; at first he was anxious but later when it settled in he was quite content. He says “Honestly I cringed because I saw myself on the edit and I said, ‘I look like that and that is how I act!’ But when you see yourself it feels really odd. But later when it sunk in, it was a wonderful feeling.” Finally Ranbir claims that one of the most important moments of his life was when he saw his first film hording he says “I cannot explain that feeling, it’s one of the most important moments of my life.”