The great grandson of the legendary Prithviraj Kapoor,
grandson of Bollywood's one and only showman Raj Kapoor
and son of yesteryear stars Neetu and Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir
is finally finding a firm foothold as an actor.
His debut vehicle "Saawariya" (2007) was a damp
squib at the box office, but Ranbir rose above the film's
fate and won the Filmfare award for the best male debut.
In his short career he has pushed the envelope by doing
different roles like a lover boy in "Ajab Prem Ki Gajab
Kahani", a casanova in "Bachna Ae Haseeno"
and a calculative scion of a political family in "Raajneeti".
When asked about his role in "Rockstar", he said:
"I play a Jat boy from Delhi, who lives in Pitampura.
He studies in the Hindu college and plays the guitar. It
is not about music, it is a love story where music is incidental...people
tell him that to get the best out of you, you should go
through a heartbreak. So, deliberately he falls in love..."
Essaying a jat boy was not a cakewalk for Ranbir as he
couldn't find a common connect with his character.
"My character comes from a different stratum of society.
He is somebody whom I haven't met in my life. So it was
very hard for me to get into his skin. So I went and spent
a lot of time with a jat family in Delhi. It was very important
for me to observe them, to pick up certain nuances,"
Though he plays an aspiring musician in the film, Ranbir
lacks the art in real life and would like to exercise his
vocal chords some day.
"Music is the purest form to reach millions of hearts
and it has always been on my side. It is a disadvantage
that I can't sing. My mother tried that I get hold of it,
but my teachers also confessed that I can't. It's one of
my aspirations that I would want to fulfil. I would want
to lend my voice some day," he said.
His grandfather was the youngest director at his time,
and Ranbir too harbours the dream of wielding the megaphone.
"I want to direct but the problem is I don't think
I can pen my thoughts and vision on paper beautifully. I
want to make something like 'Shree 420' or 'Jagte Raho'.
I want to make films that would be relatable, that would
spread joy and love. Yes, I would also want to star in my
own films without a doubt."
So what next?
"I would want to do an out-and-out negative film.
I want to play with characters, I want to explore myself.
People ask me if I want to do an action film because action
films are in vogue. I would definitely do one in some time,
but not when it is being followed as a trend. I will do
it when I feel it is the best time for me to get into such