Bollywood youth icon gets candid about his appeal, shares tips with aspiring actors


Bollywood youth icon Ranbir Kapoor revealed his acting journey and shares tips with aspiring actors, during a tête-à-tête with veteran actor, Anupam Kher in India’s entertainment capital, Mumbai on Tuesday (January 15).

Kapoor, who has had a successful innings in Bollywood until now, is known for his experimental nature. His recent romantic comedy Barfi, in which he portrayed the character of a deaf and mute boy, earned him critical as well as commercial recognition.

The reigning heartthrob of tinsel town confessed that it was not child’s play to achieve this position.

Kher, who has shared screen space with Kapoor in films like ‘Wake Up Sid’ interviewed the star, as part of the series ‘An Actor Prepares’.

Kapoor admitted that his directorial stint under the guidance of renowned director Sanjay Leela Bhansali changed his life and his perception of filmmaking.

“What I learnt the most is on a film set. I think that was my biggest training, when I assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on a film called ‘Black’ as an assistant director. That’s where I really understood how hard it is to make movies. You know I saw Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee in front of my eyes, portraying certain characters, Bhansali creating scenes, the set designer, the cinematographer. So, I understand this is something, which is hard work. You know it is not frivolous, you know somebody sees a movie and just kind of pans it in a second and it is all over, so there’s a lot of hard work that goes behind this,” he said.

Kapoor said that observing superstars like Amitabh Bachchan gave the much-needed direction to his career.

“I think the most important thing I learnt was seeing Amitabh Bachchan, his discipline, his dedication, his love-I mean after so many years of acting and achieving so much, he still wants to do better, he is constantly checking his shots, he was calling his son Abhishek on the set and showing him certain shots with background music. He used music a lot, a lot of actors do this and especially Mr. Bachchan that he uses music to get himself in certain moods. So, I did not get it at the first time, because I was also wondering. I had such wonderment in my eyes, seeing these big stars and actors, but music was something, which I understood that helps an actor a lot,” he said.

Kapoor, who is born to actor parents, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor has featured in commercial hits like ‘Rockstar’, ‘Wake up Sid’, ‘Rajneeti’ and most recently, ‘Barfi’.

He has won several accolades for his acting.