Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who swept most awards this year for his intense act as an angst-ridden musician in Rockstar, seems set to earn more attention with the kind of response he’s generated in the promos of his upcoming film
The actor is not losing sleep over the fact that his Rockstar act didn’t really translate into big monies at the box-office. Ranbir believes that after having had a disastrous debut like his in Saawariya, it’s taught him to take a film’s success or failure with a pinch of salt. “Saawariya was a disaster, but I have absolutely no regrets. I am what I am because of that film. Besides, cinema is a form of art. It is meant to be criticised and complimented. I never take failure to heart or success to head. The fate of a film won’t impact me and that is something I have lived by all my life and hope to continue doing so,” the young actor had earlier said.
Word was out that Barfi will see Ranbir doing another Rockstar, but he dismisses it saying that the film is a happy, simple film about relationships. Says Ranbir, “Contrary to what is being said, Barfi is a very sweet simple film. It is very much on the lines of Mr Bean series and I play a deaf and dumb character. When I heard the script for the first time, I thought I would have a lot to prepare, but it turned out to be a breeze. The homework for Barfi was not a heavy-duty one as I had to convey all my actions through eyes, hands and expressions. I had a lot of fun doing that, and it’s turned out be a heart-warming film. A film that children will take to for sure.”
Ask him, what it was like to grow up as a star-kid? Was he aware that his parents Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor were popular actors in their own right? If at all, Ranbir clarifies, he had a very non-starry upbringing. “We weren’t allowed on film sets. We would see people take our parents autographs and pictures when we went out for dinner but that’s about it. Our mother shielded us from everything,” he elaborates, adding. “We would go to school, come back, eat Maggi noodles, watch serials like Ramayan, Mahabharat, go out to play in the evening, finish homework, pack our bags for school and go back to sleep.”
After being kept away from the filmsets to being Bollywood’s most promising star, how does it all seem to him? “All the love that I’m getting here is overwhelming! It’s just spurring me to be focussed on my work, and not let anything bog me down — failure or success. I just want to work, every day of my life,” says Ranbir.