With consecutive Filmfare awards for the Best Actor, Ranbir Kapoor needs no introduction. Not only blessed with the handsomeness of the Kapoors, he’s been an actor par excellence since his ‘Jabse tere naina’ days.
Although the Kapoor lad has been talked about his links with Katrina Kaif lately, let’s not forget the spellbinding roles he has essayed till date. On his birthday this September, let’s reflect on his characters, his movies and redefine the aura that is Ranbir Kapoor.
Humble beginnings into B-town
Although he belongs to one of the first families of Bollywood, he did not take his chances. He went to New York for degrees in drama and method acting at the School of Visual Arts and Lee Strasburg Theatre and Film Institute. He started out by assisting Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Black before his debut in Saawariya.
The song “Jab se tere naina” received a cult status because Ranbir did what other first-timers wouldn’t. A towel song was common for the actresses, albeit A-listers, in Hindi Cinema (remember Piya Piya with Rani-Preity and Mere Khwabo mein Jo Aaye with Kajol). But amongst actors, it was the second only to Salman Khan’s Jeene ke hai chaar din. So Ranbir danced in a towel, with his back to the girls and made them drool and swoon. Next thing you know, it’s Bachna ae Haseeno.
The Director’s Actor
After establishing a lakh-something fan following, mostly women of all ages, he went on to do a just-out-of-college kinda film with Wake Up Sid. Ayan Mukherji and Ranbir have been one of the most celebrated friendships in the Indian cinema fraternity, as with the box-office success of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. With this movie, the tinsel town was afloat with how another Actor-Director friendship has worked wonders after Shah Rukh-Karan Johar and Suraj Bharjatya-Salman Khan.
He followed it with Barfi by Anurag Basu and Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. It goes without saying that each of these directors has showcased his distinctive nuances in acting.
Ranbir’s unconventional characters
Ranbir chose his characters wisely. While Rockstar brought out his aggressive side, he showed us that he can do comedy even when it’s a deaf-mute role in Barfi. No wonder, he’s known as a top-notch actor much ahead of his contemporaries.
With a foray of unconventional characters like an aimless college goer in Wake Up Sid, a troubled musician in Rockstar, a deaf-mute optimist in Barfi, an oh-so-funny but complicated-inside guy in Tamasha, his characters have well established that he acts as good as he looks. Not to forget, the humble salesman in Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year and the ruthless politician in Rajneeti.
Our favourite Kapoor is back …
Katrina must be done with Kapoor, but we definitely aren’t. As loyal fans of his looks and acting, it’s a new dose of his charm, as Ranbir refreshingly looks every bit of himself in his new flick, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Romancing an older woman looks apparently natural for him after Wake Up Sid, where he’s paired opposite Konkona Sen Sharma and then in Rockstar with Nargis Fakhri, who’s thirty-seven now.
This year, Ranbir turns thirty-four, he’s single, fit, hot and charming as he was before. He is currently busy with the Indian Super League, with his team Mumbai City FC, and shooting for Jagga Jasoos.
To all the hotness and cuteness woven together, let’s raise a toast for Ranbir Kapoor.