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The Kapoor Charm

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The shy schoolboy look, never for a moment arrogant, a smile that reaches the eyes, humility despite being from the film industry’s blue blooded family and oodles and oodles of charm. And yes, he pays his own minibar bills on his trips to Dubai, which says a lot about him! All set for Tamasha, his next release, Manju Ramanan discovers why Ranbir Kapoor is an interviewer’s delight!

Deepika Padukone has worked very hard to be here (at the top). She is a dedicated person. I do hope her luck works on me and not mine on her in Tamasha.

I wanted to establish my own identity as a producer and not be under the shadow of the RK banner that is known to make such legendary cinema. I cannot tamper that reputation by taking it on and then doing films that might not do well. So, Anurag Basu and I decided to start Picture Shuru Productions and our first film together is called Jagga Jasoos. It is an entertaining detective film where I am acting and producing the film as well. Apart from Anurag Basu and I, the film has music by Pritam – so yes, the Barfi team is there. We hope to create the same magic. Why not?

In Besharam, I didn’t like the fact that the world was getting to see my mother on-screen. She’s mine. She is very soft-spoken in real life and in the film, she played a cunning, over-the-top cop, Bulbul Pandey. Her character was the opposite of her real life persona and she is the surprise package of the film. My mother loves my work (smiles) and Dad is critical. Of course, I had to refrain from a few things when they were on the set – things like smoking,etc out of respect to them.

I am getting the opportunity to work in some fantastic new age cinema and I am intelligent enough to recognize the opportunity. Anurag Basu, Anurag Kashyap, Imtiaz Ali and so many directors today are making the kind of cinema we always wanted to watch. And all these directors are using me as a vessel to tell their stories. What can be a better situation?

An actor cannot stand taller than the film. The film is always bigger than the actor. I work with that simple notion and I am very grateful to everyone who has given me the opportunity to do what I love doing and the audiences who have supported the kind of cinema I have done. To put it simply, it feels like being in Disneyland.

Someday! I am too lazy to write a script, though I do have ideas about films that I would like to do. My grandfather wrote, produced and directed a film at 21 years of age and I am 30 years old and have just turned producer. So, there have been people from my own family who have achieved more than I did. But I do feel that direction is a more satisfying job. There are so many of your life’s experiences you can express as a director. Acting is the easiest compared to being a director or producer.

I have always been kind to my producers. I come from a family of producers and I know what it takes to be one. I have been taught to not take liberties with producers when they hire you as an actor. As actors, we literally have things free. But I have never taken advantage of that situation because I know the other side too well. I have always paid for the extra things I would need on my shoots – things that are not in the producer’s purview. Films are an expensive proposition and free tickets, free rides, freebies for an actor is taken for granted. I don’t do
that. All my bills are mine.