Ranbir Kapoor is an enigma. Hits or flops, audience will love him for his acting and charming ways. In an exclusive interview with The Indian Express.com, Ranbir Kapoor opened up about having to start from scratch with ‘Tamasha’, chemistry with ex girlfriend Deepika Padukone and his decision to stay mum on his relationship with Katrina Kaif and marriage.
Ques: You are one of the finest actors of the current generation. When your film flops despite acting well, what else do you think as an actor you should do differently?
Ranbir: As an actor, I can’t do much. The only thing I can better is my choice of films, the kind of stories the directors want to tell and I am a part of. May be I should choose wisely.
Ques: Would you say destiny has been unkind to you?
Ranbir: I don’t think it has to do anything with destiny. I believe a man makes his own destiny. It’s about your choices, your hard work and your karma and all of that put together.
Ques: So, are you banking heavily on Tamasha this time?
Ranbir: Yes, I am banking heavily on ‘Tamasha’, like I banked heavily on ‘Bombay Velvet’ post ‘Besharam’ and ‘Roy’. Every film for an actor is a testing ground in this industry. You are only known for your last work. You are not really known for what you have done before in life. So, if a Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan have to constantly prove themselves, who am I? I have just started my career. So, the constant search and constant want and desire to do better is alive. I do understand the pressure that I have and expectations that were there and not there today and that I have go from scratch and build it again.
Ques: Is the pressure at its maximum currently?
Ranbir: No. My first film was a disaster.There was pressure then too when I got such a big launch. It didn’t work and people were skeptical about Sonam and me. Pressure is something that drives you. You don’t crack under pressure and that is what is important. You take it in your stride. You understand failure. You uinderstand where you went wrong and you move ahead.
Ques: There is a lot of talk about the chemistry you share with Deepika Padukone. Do you keep in mind the chemistry you share with your co-actress as one of the factors while signing a film?
Ranbir: Chemistry is not something that me or Deepika bring to the table when you sign us on. It is also the kind of parts that we like individually as actors like in ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ we liked each other’s characters. Then we can bring our best to the table and the character and dynamics between us makes the chemistry. In the film, ‘Gone With The Wind’, which is the greatest romantic film ever made, the lead actors never spoke to each other through the entire film as they were at loggerheads. So, your personal life or friendship with the co-star doesn’t matter. What matters is what as actors you bring to the table.
Ques: You have imitated Dev Anand in the movie. Were you nervous?
Ranbir: I was nervous because as actors to do mimicry is hard. I am not a mimic artist. So, I had to do a lot of work. I worked with a mimic artist for a week’s time. It was great to be Dev saab.
Ques: At MAMI, your father Rishi Kapoor in his masterclass shared how people add him on Twitter hoping to get in touch with you. He describes himself on Twitter as father of a famous son. Do you think you have reached a stage where you have surpassed your father’s popularity?
Ranbir: Not at all. Unfortunately, we are also in an industry where we have shortlived memories of actors gone by. I have not seen much of Dilip Kumar’s work. But that doesn’t mean anyone is greater than Dilip Kumar. He is the greatest. I feel the same way about my father. I think he is one of the finest actors of our film industry and whatever I do in my life, I don’ t think I will be able to match up to him.
Ques: He married at a young age? When do you intend to settle down?
Ranbir: He got married when he was 28 which is not that young. Yes, I am 33 but times have also changed now. At that time it was a given that now that you are 28, if you are working you should get married. I think when you naturally get the feeling of getting married, it should happen only then. It is an organic process. I believe in the institution of marriage. But age has nothing to do with marriage.
Ques: When you and Deepika were in a relationship, both of you were open about it. Post that, both of you have maintained a studious silence preferring to not make anything official about your personal lives. Was it something you decided consciously post your relationship with Deepika?
Ranbir: Yes, it became like a bit of circus because everything that you did it was all about that and related to that. We are really ambitious people and wanted to make our own identities apart from the relationships that we have in our personal lives. I think that was important. And with time and age you understand that probably when you get closer to marriage, you get closer to a little bit of seriousness because it is such a spoken thing. Everyone talks and writes about it. It is better that way for both our partners.
Ques: You are living away from your parents right now. Is that something which is going to stay for long?
Ranbir: Each life has its own different experiences. Living with parents is the most wonderful thing ever. Even when people say that I am living on my own, it is a temporary thing. I am going to move in. I love my parents and want to spend my life with them and take care of them. But it was also important that I experience life on my own and experience independent life. My parents wanted me to become more responsible and take responsibility and other stuff. But eventually, I will move back with them.
Ques: You worked with Pankaj Kapoor in an ad recently. How was the experience?
Ranbir: I have been a big fan of Pankaj Kapoor because of Karamchand series. I was enamoured by him. He is such a fantastic actor. But unfortunately it was just an ad film and just a day’s work. However, I look forward to doing a film with him.
Tamasha is going to release in November 27.