For those who are a fan of the cinema which is both mainstream yet out of the league, would be fans of an actor who is slowly and steadily making a niche for him self – he is none other than Ranbir Kapoor. He hails from a long line of mainstream Bollywood family. The Kapoor Family is considered the first family of Indian Film fraternity. He is multi faceted and multi – talented he is – An Actor, Assistant Director and Producer. Ranbir Kapoor, because of his family had to go into the glamorous world of Hindi cinema
Ranbir Kapoor – Family Background:
Born on the 28th September 1982, Ranbir Kapoor is the son of famous actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor. Grandson of “The showman of Millennium”- Raj Kapoor, and Great – Grandson of Theatre and film actor and exponent Prithvi Raj Kapoor. He is also the grand Nephew of Late Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. For him films and acting flows like blood in his veins. Belonging to the illustrious Kapoor family. He had to get into film and film Industry. His elder Riddhma Kapoor is Fashion and Interior designer.
He is the cousin of Actresses Karishma Kapoor, and Kareena Kapoor Khan, who are equally and immensely talented. Ranbir is the Alumni of Bombay Scottish school and he was very less interested in studies. But excelled in sports particularly football. He then went to get his initial education from HR college of Commerce, and Economics. And then he went for furthers studies to New York. Where he studied acting and Film – making from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and film institute and School of Visual arts respectively. As a part of his curriculum he directed and starred in two short films titled – Passions to love and India 1964. It was his loneliness in New York and his experiences in the film school (as he described it as useless), lead his steps towards Bollywood.
Ranbir Kapoor Career:
After Ranbir Kapoor’s returned from New York, he took his steps towards the Hindi Film Industry aka Bollywood. He started his career as an Assistant Director (AD) for Sanjay Leela Bhansali film- Black in the year 2005. As confessed by him, the real reason for his association with Sanjay Leela Bhansali was that, he wanted to be casted in his next magna opus. His wish came true, when Sanjay Leela Bhansali casted him in his Film Saawariya in year 2007. The film Saawariya also had a new face Sonam Kapoor (Ahuja), and a veteran actress Rani Mukharjee. Though this film was not a commercial success, but the prowess of Ranbir Kapoor, was recognized by one and all.
Although, he got his next film in the year 2008 named Bachna – Ae- Haseeno, where he played a role of a Casanova. Who travels to different lands so that he is able to apologize to the girls whose heart were broken by him, in order to win his love back. His next film was a coming of an age film called- Wake up Sid, where he played a role of a carefree, college graduate, who became serious about his life. After being in contact with an older yet established journalist (Played by Konkana Sen Sharma).
After doing the lover boy and chocolate boy roles he entered in the most difficult arena of films- ‘comedy’, with film like Ajab Prem ki Gajab Kahani. And with film like Rajneeti, where his role resembled that of the Mahabharata epic hero Arjuna. The film was both critically acclaimed and commercial popular. He played a young politicians role that enters politics after his father’s assassination and then gets embroiled in the web of Politics. It was a serious and an intense role. But even in the multistarer film Ranbir Kapoor out shone others. With Films like Rajneeti, Ae dil Hai Mushkil, Barfi. Where he plays a boy who is deaf and mute, who falls in love with an autistic girl (Played by Priyanka Chopra).
He was also seen in films like Rockstar! A role of a critically acclaimed International Rock Star who searched for his love. At the same time combating the stardom that the rock star life brought along with it. Another critically acclaimed film called Jagga Jasoos. where he is out to search his father, lost during the Purulia arms drop. In this movie he was a special boy, and he would stammer and stutter. Although, it was a film that showed his struggle in journey. He proved his niche as a great actor.
Ranbir Kapoor- Personal life:
Ranbir Kapoor was very vocal about his personal life, like his tumultuous marriage of his parents, he often saw his father abusing his mother. This marriage of his parents taught him about the complexities a relationship has. Which was beautifully depicted in his film Tamasha. A confused and commitment phobic person played by Ranbir Kapoor. He had many affairs of and on with his co actress, some of them were serious others were flings. Some of the affairs started with the start of films and ending with the wrapping up of the shoot. With every new film he was rumoured to have an affair with his co- actor.
Other works of Ranbir Kapoor:
Apart from the films and endorsements, the actor is also involved in other activities as well. He is the vice – captain of the Celebrity football club, which plays charity matches to raise money for underprivileged children. Although, He also announced his participation as content and programming adviser for a digital music company Saavn. In the year 2016, he featured in a documentary series. In order to create awareness about the all – girl’s football team from state of Jharkhand – the series was called- Girls with Goals. He was involved in raising funds for Uttrakhand Floods and Nepal earthquake. He is also the co owner of Indian Super League Football team – Mumbai City FC.
Upcoming Movies/ Endeavours:
Ranbir Kapoor is coming up with a movie called – Sanju, a biopic on a living legend, an actor, a superstar and multi talented Sanjay Dutt. The film aptly depicts, the actor’s struggle period, with his drug abuse, to going jail and being in and out of Jail. The role of Sanjay Dutt is portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor so aptly that it is almost believable that audience are watching younger Sanjay Dutt. The film is set to release on 29th June 2018.
Awards and Accolades:
Ranbir Kapoor is a 5 time filmfare award winner. For films- 1) Saawariya – Best Debut Actor 2) Critics Award for best Actor ( jointly for three films) – Wake Up Sid!. Ajab Prem ki Gajab Kahani, and Rocket Singh – Salesman of The year. 3) Best Actor for Rockstar and 4) Barfi.
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