Mumbai: Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who isn’t on any social media platform unlike other actors of his generation, says he is fine with being away from it. His portrayal as Sanjay Dutt in the trailer of “Sanju” has left the audience asking for more, says he really wants the senior actor to like him and his work.
Ranbir was interacting with media at the trailer launch of “Sanju” along with co-stars Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza and Vicky Kaushal, director Raj Kumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra here on Wednesday.
The film’s trailer gives a rushed glance at the various phases and challenges Sanjay has faced in his personal life, in which he has waded through a battle with drugs, multiple relationships and legal troubles.
Asked whether his availability on social media would have got extra mileage for his film, he said: “I don’t think so. On social media, I will be showing myself and not really what the film is.”
“I agree that through social media, you have a reach to the larger audience but I don’t miss it and I am fine being away from it. Never say never, may be tomorrow, I will come but right now, I am happy being away from it.”
Ranbir, who has gone nude for one scene in “Sanju” when he is being interrogated by police, asked if was intimidated while shooting that scene, said: “I went nude in my first film (“Saawariya”) itself when my towel dropped. I am very shy in my real life but when the cameras are on, I am not shy as I am portraying a character so you have to be nude in your emotions and physically.”
Asked how he felt portraying various phases of Sanjay’s life, Ranbir said: “When I was a child, I had a poster of Sanju sir on the wall of my cupboard, and through this film, I am in his shoes. I think in my life, I really want Sanju sir to like me. I know I never can be the man he is, but in whichever way that I go about in my career as a person and even through this film, I really want Sanju sir to like me because I feel that he is man that I respect a lot and I really look up to him. I hope that he feels that I have represented his life in very honest and improved way.”
With the ups and downs in Sanjay’s life, did playing the character take an emotional toll on Ranbir? He said: “As an actor, I was very excited to play this part. So, it doesn’t bother you that much but when I was acting I was really imagining what he must be going through because I am just acting in the film putting make-up and stuff, so I think just thinking about what he must be going through was such an inspiration for me that the film was fairly easy. And also to have an incredible cast and Raju sir around me, everything was smooth sailing.”
In the trailer, the makers have revealed that Sanjay had 308 girlfriends at one point in his life.
Asked whether he will reveal the number of girlfriends if he ever had a biopic made on his life, Ranbir said: “No… I actually won’t allow. I don’t think I am a courageous man like Sanju sir to give my life out so openly. But my count has been less than ten, so people can’t make a biopic on me.”
Ranbir’s father and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor had praised the young actor’s work when he had watched the trailer of “Sanju” for the first time. Did that make him emotional?
“Besides being my father, he is also an actor whom I really admire and respect, so when Raju sir recorded his reaction and sent it to me, that time I was shooting for another project. My father never tells me on my face that I have done a good job… Not that I am expecting that, but when you hear such words from him not only because he is my father but also he is an actor I love, it was an incredible experience for me.
“It really moved me and made me emotional because every father wants his son to do well but my father is very careful that he doesn’t give compliments for free. He always tells me that you need to improve and work harder, so this was a wonderful gift.”
Sharing his experience working with Sonam, he said: “Sonam and I worked together 10 years ago in ‘Saawariya’ and after that, we never got an opportunity to work together but Sonam is same as she used to be when we both were assistant directors in ‘Black’.
About working with Hirani, he said: “Working with world’s greatest director Raj Kumar Hirani is every actor’s dream and I am speaking for every actor who is sitting on this platform. Working with him is something else.
“It is so easy and seamless that you don’t realize you are working with such a great director but when the film releases… the kind of love his other films have got… even if we will be able to get 20 per cent of that love, I think I will be so happy as in my life, I got to work with Raj Kumar Hirani.”
“Sanju” is biographical film based on the life of Indian actor Sanjay Dutt, starring Ranbir as Sanjay Dutt in various stages of his life. It has ensemble cast which includes Anushka Sharma, Dia, Sonam, Manisha, Paresh Rawal, Jim Sarbh, Vicky, Boman Irani, and Karishma Tanna.
The film is set to be released on June 29.