আপডেটঃ ১:০৬ অপরাহ্ণ | মে ২৪, ২০১৪
DHAKA: Ranveer Singh talks about work overload, hanging out with Deepika, his condom ad and competition with Ranbir.
So you’re going on a cruise? Yes, I’m going on my first cruise, I’m leaving tonight. There were so many loose ends to tie up before I left. (Sighs) The fast life has become faster and it’s not easy to cope. I’m going crazy! That’s why I admire Shah Rukh Khan. He’s on the go, 300 per cent, 24/7, 365 days a year and there are no signs of a burnout. He’s superman!
They are calling you a superstar… Really?
And two top filmmakers were vying for your dates. Was it a bigger pay packet or the pleasure of working with him that made you choose Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani over Karan Johar’s Shuddhi? (Cagely) I can talk about Baijirao Mastani but not a film I’m not doing. It’s not cool.
You have allotted 11 months at a stretch from this November exclusively to Bajirao Mastani. Is that a wise decision given that you’re going through a great phase in your career? Yes, I know it’s a big risk. But Bajirao Mastani is Mr Bhansali’s big dream; it’s the film he has wanted to make for years. In comparison I feel Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela was just a warmup. A film like this needs a certain commitment and I’m happy to oblige because I know it’ll be one of the most special creative collaborations of my life. I don’t make projects; films are not business decisions. I’m chasing a legacy; I want to make films that will take me down into history.
Still was it prudent to upset a filmmaker as big as Karan Johar? (Testily) You’re bringing up a rumor that’s going around and jumping the gun. I refuse to comment on any project I’m not part of.
You’re shaving off all that hair under the cap for Bajirao Mastani. Are you hoping to start a fashion fad with your baldpate and a shikha? (Laughs) I hope so. I like to keep changing my look to keep myself amused and excited. This look, the baldhead, shikha and a handlebar moustache, won’t be easy to pull off but I’ve sported a mohawk plenty of times.
Before that you’ll be cooped up on a ship with Zoya’s dysfunctional family, cut off from the world, for almost three months. Will it be a smooth sail? I hope we grow into a real family. I have a healthy and professional equation with every person on the ship, all the primary, secondary and tertiary characters. Aisi filmein banti nahin hain. It’s difficult to put together an ensemble cast. I’m very kicked about Dil Dhadakne Do because Zoya (Akhtar) and Reema (Kagti) are two of the best writers in the country today. Their stories are original with fresh insights. And as a filmmaker Zoya has a unique voice. Her films are progressive, with values I’m aligned with. Zoya presents a secular worldview packaged in an entertaining way.
Anil Kapoor, who plays your father in the film, is also your uncle in real life… (Cuts in) He is and I feel privileged to be working with two of my idols, Govinda and Anil Kapoor in back-to-back films. I was born in the 80s and grew up in the 90s. I come from a non-filmy background and these guys were the reason I became an actor. To be sharing screen space with them is such an honour. You know what was my biggest moment at a recent award function?
What? When I entered the stadium on a bike I was running a high fever and feeling really low, physically. Then I stepped on stage and turned to face the audience. And in the crowd of 60,000 I saw one face smiling at me, and that was Govinda’s. It infused me with a crazy spiritual energy and I danced only for him. And then pulled him up on stage. He did the hook step Tune Maari Entriyaan and Tattad Tattad and my day was made.
It’s been said that Ranbir Kapoor’s only competition today is Ranveer Singh. Comment. I’m aware that people, a lot of them, are saying this. I don’t think it is fair to compare Ranbir and me. He has his own graph and I have mine. Moreover, he has been around for longer than I and is my senior. He is good in all his films, particularly Rockstar and Barfi! He has set a benchmark for all young actors
There was a time when the critics said you couldn’t act or dance. Happy to prove them wrong? I faced criticism only at the promotional level of my first film. The trailers and the posters may have made some skeptical but once they saw the film, the audience and the industry knew I could act and dance. Now the challenge is to prove my versatility.
Doesn’t the pressure of expectations bog you down? I don’t look at it as pressure. I see the expectations as arriving at a stage when people think that since you are part of the film, it has to be good.
Not only are you on a professional high today, even in your personal life you seem to have found your match. (Edgily) I’m not sure what you are talking about…
Deepika Padukone… Deepika is a lovely, warm and kind person – in fact she is one of the most wonderful people I know. We grew close during Ram Leela. I’m happy with her rise to stardom and feel honored to be collaborating with her again in another marquee film, Bajirao Mastani. Yes, she’s a close friend of mine. We go out, I enjoy her company. But I don’t think one should have such narrow-minded and judgmental attitude towards two young people hanging out together. They shouldn’t jump to conclusions.