Ranbir Kapoor looks past career insecurities, focuses on opportunities, hopes for the better and yes… even talks about marriage and kids
Pinning down Ranbir Kapoor for an interview is tough. The makers of Bombay Velvet know this to they have taken a whole media contingent from across the country to Goa to promote their upcoming film. It’s easy to let your guard down when you are surrounded by the sea and sand at a spa. Read on to discover RK unplugged
Too much speculation about your shaadi. Let’s have it! Are you getting married?
No. And these talks are not coming from me, because I haven’t thought of marriage yet. Everybody knows that I am in a committed relationship and I have been in one for a lot of years now. I guess everyone wants to know when the next celebration is because I guess there’s more fodder to write or speak about. But, to be honest, I haven’t… we haven’t really decided about wanting to get married.
Why not speak about it at all? Was it a conscious decision not to?
Yes, because I want to protect my life. Once it’s out there and the Pandora’s Box is open, its gone. It just doesn’t stop. It happened to me with my previous relationship. Yes, a couple of years back, I was even more guarded about my personal life, but I think I am kind of opening up slowly, so give me that leeway. It’s also hard for me to speak about my relationship. People will know when marriage happens. Why would I hide it? It doesn’t make sense.
You believe in the institution of marriage?
Of course I do. I believe in family. That is something that really is the next stage of happiness. Especially, in my life. I am going to have three kids. I have always wanted three kids from a very young age and I have always said that when I become a father, I want three kids.
You’re going to Cannes with Katrina?
No, I’m promoting a movie, ya. I’d love to go there, though and take my movie to Cannes. My grandfather had a retrospective there, around five years ago and I missed that. So, I haven’t been there. But I think it would be a good experience.
Could you visualise yourself playing Johhny Balraj in Bombay Velvet because Anurag took sometime to be convinced that you could play the role?
No of course, it was a challenge. You have to understand that I get bored playing myself. Wake Up Sid, Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani. So there is no sense of challenge, Of course, those are safer films because you know the audience has already accepted me in that genre but when you get a script like Bombay Velvet and that kind of character, it really challenges you. It kind of excites you. You start putting that scene in your head where you think if you can pull this off. But it’s cinema you know, there are so many other people working for me to make this come alive so when you see some material that you like, its exciting. That’s why actors go crazy when there is a script like this cos there is so much to it. There is so much you can do with it. It did take me time to convince Anurag but I knew that once I convinced Anurag, then we would surrender to me on screen in a way even I cannot imagine.
How important is it that this film works for you?
Every film of mine is important to me. My last film Besharam didn’t work at all. So what happens is with Rockstar, Barfi! and Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani, your stocks go up, and then it plummets back down and then the audience starts doubting your choices. That’s a constant struggle that every actor goes through and I am prepared for that. I have to work hard with Bombay Velvet, Tamasha and Jagga Jasoos and it’s high time I take that step forward. I have been in this industry now for about eight years, I have had around 12 releases so now it’s time to change things up. Either increase my fan base or do something which can also excite an audience when they see my movies. I haven’t hit a plateau and that’ why I am doing the films that excite me and push my boundaries along with challenging me as an actor.
Your father saw Bombay Velvet. What did he have to say about it?
My father is extra-critical of me and it’s not because he is trying to be difficult but it’s because he doesn’t want me to become over-confident by saying things like ‘You are superb’ so I can just put my feet on the table and rest. He wants to keep me grounded and I am extremely grateful for that energy in life because he is one energy that keeps me going and gives me a good reality check and that’s why I want to keep doing better in life. So, yes he liked the film, he liked the world it created and how we went about it. But to be honest, I still haven’t got a clear idea about what he thought of the film. I am in the midst of promotions so I haven’t really spent that much time with him. In a couple of days, I shall know better, hopefully.
Not worried about not having a single release last year?
Of course, that little bit of insecurity seeps in, But to be honest, I am quite arrogant about my talent and the kind of people I am working with. I still have opportunities to prove myself. I think the audience is not that turned off by me yet, unless I continuously give them bad films and bad performances. So, I am still hoping that, that with the kind of directors I am working with, I think I can sustain myself and do better.
Regret any choices you made, film-wise?
I have no regrets. Even my first film, Saawariya, which was a disaster, made me who I am. That towel song that I was ridiculed about so much, that’s also where my popularity started. Even Besharam. It made me understand that you can’t take your audience for granted. Just because you are making a masala film with four dialogues and a song and some action sequences, the audience will lap it up. The big, commercial blockbusters that Shah Rukh, Salman, Aamir and Akshay Kumar all do, there’s a lot of thought behind it. There is a body of work these actors have and have dedicated fanbases. I haven’t reached there and it was a very important understanding that I got that I have a long way to go before people can accept me in anything I do. It’s important I build that trust with them and I think for the next 10 years, that’s exactly what I am going to do.