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Ranbir opens up his heart


He may have angered certain ladies with his ‘love-’em-leave-’em’ attitude, but Ranbir Kapoor is quite a softie at heart. For instance, though he admits dating apps like Tinder have made social life easy, he actually considers the act of swiping and rejecting people rather mean! The whole concept of constant and flippant judgement of others is something he considers weird in a world that’s apparently going crazy.

With a trio of damp squibs namely BOMBAY VELVET, TAMASHA and BESHARAM blotting his report card, the career front is definitely looking up with Karan Johar’s AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL if not JAGGA JASOOS, which has been long in the making. Now the actor is training for Ayan Mukerji’s DRAGON, which he is visually excited about and even hopes to even turn into a franchise, down the line.

Sounding genuinely humble, he speaks of how he doesn’t believe he deserves the films he is getting. The filmmakers probably don’t believe he deserves them either, he jokes, but there is a magical force that is working for him, he feels. What bears out his belief is that looking at his body of work, the good and the so-called bad, all of it is way beyond his capacity as an actor.

This, coming from the Ranbir Kapoor, who is rated as one of Hindi film industry’s finest actors, is not really surprising. He has more than his share of fears, sometimes wondering if the shine is fading, if he is losing the child within him, his art… Yes, the intense hype created over both success and especially failure has found its mark. But you cannot allow it to make you bitter, the actor reveals, adding that he has seen a lot of it in his family as it is all part of showbiz.

Never content to let the grass grow beneath his feet as a performer, Ranbir constantly endeavours to increase the feast he brings to the table. How does he do it? By listening to movie scores as he works, playing certain songs on loop in order to get into character.

Kapoor claims he is longing to work with a newer bunch of more radical filmmakers, even as he singles out roles like Alia Bhatt in UDTA PUNJAB and Fawad Khan in KAPOOR & SONS for special mention. He equally honestly admits that he might not have had the courage to play a closet homosexual like Fawad did in the film, but accepts that the going will be easier for other actors now that Khan has broken the taboo. And what about that other taboo – of playing a second lead? That would still remain a taboo for him, and an exception would be made only if it was a chance to play Circuit to the new Munnabhai!

Raju Hirani, are you listening??